Protests in Sudan continues to Friday, one day after long serving leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was toppled by the army, and replaced by a military council to lead a two-year transition.
Protesters rejected the military takeover and leadership of defence minister Awad Ibn Auf, taking to the streets on Thursday and Friday calling for the latter’s fall and quicker and more substantial change.
Police spokesman Hashem Ali said government buildings and private property were attacked, and also said at least 16 people were killed, and 20 injured by stray bullets at protests and sit-ins on Thursday and Friday.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) said the military council was “not capable of creating change.” In a statement, the group restated its demand for power to be handed immediately to “a transitional civilian government.”
“We are committed to our demands that we submitted to the army,” SPA spokesperson Rashid Saeed said. “We call on the masses to stay on the streets until all the demands are met.”
Sudan’s defence minister and head of the transitional ruling military council, Awad Ibn Auf resigned his post, hours after the military pledged a quick return to civilian rule.
Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman will be the new head of the council, Ibn Auf said. He also said Chief of Staff Kamal Abdelmarouf al-Mahi was relieved of his position as deputy head of the transitional military council.
Military is keen on return to civilian rule
Zain al-Abideen said the military council itself had no solutions to Sudan’s crisis and these would come from the protesters.
“We are not greedy for power,” he said. “We will not dictate anything to the people. We want to create an atmosphere to manage a peaceful dialogue”.
Zain al-Abideen said the military council would not interfere with a civilian government. However, he said the defence and interior ministries would be under its control.