Saudis, UAE express support for Sudan military council

Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans and wave their national flag on Monday

CAIRO-Sudanese political parties and movements behind almost four months of anti-government protests met with the country's military on Saturday, activists and the military said, holding the first talks since the army forced President Omar al-Bashir from power two days ago.

Sudan's new military rulers on Sunday rejected a demand by protest leaders to hand over power immediately to a civilian government that will bring deposed leader Omar Al-Bashir to justice.

The army also established a military council to run the country for a transitional period of two years.

"The Sudanese Professionals Association calls on its supporters to continue with the sit-in until the revolution achieves its demands". He was arrested the following year on suspicion of involvement in a coup attempt but was later pardoned by al-Bashir, who appointed him intelligence chief in February 2018.

Lieutenant General Yasser Atta, a member of the military council, said they had hoped the opposition would come together to choose an independent candidate for prime minister, while another member of the council said they would give the opposition one week to submit their suggestions.

But the military council has said it would never extradite Bashir or any other Sudanese citizen.

The protesters have insisted civilian representatives must join the military council.

A 10-member delegation representing the protesters held talks with the council and delivered their demands on Saturday, the Alliance for Freedom and Change said. The UAE said it welcomed the swearing-in of General Abdel-Fattah Burhan on Friday as head of that council.

Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit.

He also said he was lifting the nighttime curfew imposed Thursday, which was supposed to have lasted a month, and he declared the immediate release of all those detained and tried during the wave of unrest that began in December.

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The police said Friday that 16 people had been killed in live fire in Khartoum alone over the previous two days as NISS agents led a last stand for Bashir before the army intervened.

Tens of thousands of people have massed outside the army headquarters since April 6, initially to urge the armed forces to back their demand that Mr Al Bashir be removed.

Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision on state TV.

Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum overnight following Ibn Auf's resignation.

He was speaking after the president, the leader of the coup and his successor had all resigned because of continued street protests.

On Sunday, the deputy president of the military council, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglu, met with the US Embassy's acting charge d'affaires, Steven Koutsis, state news agency Sudanese Suna reported.

"We surely want our demands to be met, but both sides will have to be flexible to reach a deal", said a demonstrator who spent the night at the army complex.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the development as a "step forward reflecting the ambitions of the brotherly people of Sudan towards security, stability and development".

The agency added that Riyadh had also announced a humanitarian aid package to Sudan, including wheat, petroleum products, and medicine.

During a visit to the Bahrain Defense Force's General Command, King Hamad voiced gratitude to Sudan's military and its participation in the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.

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