An image grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV shows Leutenant General Omar Zain Al Abdin, the head of the political military committee assigned by the chief of the new military council, addressing a press conference on April 12, 2019 in the capital Khartoum Image Credit: AFP

2.20pm

Military delays transition body  

Cairo: The Sudanese military has postponed unveiling members names of an army transitional council that has taken charge of the country after the ouster of long-time president Omar Al Bashir, the official Sudanese news agency SUNA reported Friday.

The postponement is aimed at allowing “further consultation”, the agency added without further details.

Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf on Thursday declared “uprooting the regime” and detaining al-Bashir in response to four months of streets protests against the latter’s rule of nearly 30 years. Ibn Ouf also declared two years of military transition, a three-month state of emergency, suspending the constitution and a nighttime curfew.

Thousands of protesters staged a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum in defiance of the curfew, demanding the handover of authority in the North-East African country to a civilian administration.

Ibn Ouf was Thursday night sworn in as head of the transitional council, state television reported.

The protesters see the military council as part of al-Bashir’s regime.

A military-installed committee is due to meet on Friday with Sudan’s political powers, according to SUNA. The panel will also have separate talks with foreign ambassadors on the situation in the country.

1.10pm

Sudanese military defends power takeover

Cairo: Sudan’s military on Friday defended taking charge in the country, a day after its overthrow of longtime ruler Omar Al Bashir and ruled out interest in staying in power.

Sudanese Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf on Thursday declared “uprooting the regime” and detaining Al Bashir in response to four months of streets protests against the latter’s rule of nearly 30 years.

Ibn Ouf also declared two years of military transition, a three-month state of emergency, suspending the constitution and a nighttime curfew. The opposition rejected the military takeover and demanded protests to persist to pressure a military transitional council to hand over power to a civilian administration.

Head of a military-installed security committee Lieut.Gen. Omar Zein Al Abdeen on Friday said that the aim of the army is to preserve Sudan’s security and stability. “We want to give Sudan a chance to put itself in order to get extricated from the current situation. The basic mission of the military council is to provide the circumstances to hold a refined and peaceful dialogue to fulfil the people’s ambitions,” added Zein Al Abdeen in a televised press conference in Khartoum. “We are the sons of the Armed Forces. We have come to arrange peaceful rotation of power and preserve our country’s stability.”

Zein Al Abdeen said that the transitional period could be cut short” depending on circumstances”, but noted that the military has no ambitions to keep power. “The military council will start a dialogue with the political powers,” he added, promising a “full change” in the African country.

Sudan’s new government will be made up of civilians , with the posts of defence and interior ministers to be only held by members from the military, according to Zein Al Abdeen.

1.00pm

New Sudan government will be civilian: Military

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KHARTOUM: The new Sudanese government will be comprised of civilians, the head of the military council's political committee said on Friday, a day after President Omar Al Bashir was deposed by the military.

12.50pm

Ex-ruling party will be allowed to compete in elections

The former ruling National Congress Party of Sudan's ousted president Omar Al Bashir will be allowed to compete in planned elections, the head of Sudan's transitional military council's political committee said on Friday.

On Thursday, Sudan's Defence Minister Mohammed Ahmad Awad Ibn Auf ousted longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir and said the council will lead a transitional period to be followed by elections.

Transition period can be as short as 1 month

Sudan's ruling military council expects a transition period it announced on Thursday to be two years at most, and said it can be as short as one month if it is managed "without chaos", said the head of the council's political committee.

The head of the transitional military council, Defence Minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, said on Thursday when announcing the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir that the council would lead a two-year transition before holding elections.

Dialogue with political groups

Sudan's transitional military council "will not force anything on the people" and wants to create an atmosphere for peaceful dialogue, the head of the council's political committee said.

The committee plans to begin dialogue with political groups later on Friday, its head, Omar Zeinalabdin, said at a news conference.