Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sudanese troops to remain in Yemen: military council deputy

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Thousands remained camped outside the complex in Khartoum overnight after protest leaders issued demands to the military council set up following the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir. Protester Nourhan Mostafa said the sit-in will continue until "the demands the Sudanese revolution are met".

"We urge Sudan's new leadership to take the steps necessary to build domestic and worldwide support to help resolve Sudan's many pressing challenges", it said. For more CNBC Africa is joined by Emery Nzirabatinya, an Expert on International Relations.

The African Union meanwhile gave Sudan's military 15 days to hand over power to a "civilian-led political authority" or face suspension from the union's activities.

The SPA also demanded the next "transitional government and the armed forces bring Bashir and all the chiefs of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).to justice".

"We are adhering to our commitment to the coalition, and our forces will remain until the coalition fulfils its goals", Hemedti said.

The Sudanese military attempted to break up an anti-government sit-in Monday outside its headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, but backed off, organisers behind the protests said.

Fearing that the core of the old establishment is far from gone, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) on Monday reiterated its call for the military council to be dissolved and substituted by a civilian one that will only include "limited" army representation.

Troops had gathered on three sides of the sit-in, but protesters joined hands and formed rings around the sit-in area to prevent them.

SPA representatives also renewed their calls for the head of the judiciary and his deputies and the public prosecutor to be removed.

"Afterwards, the SPA ... will be a guardian of democracy".

On Saturday evening, the new military ruler named NISS deputy head Jalaluddin Sheikh to the council, with Himeidti as its deputy head.

The protesters, numbering about 5,000 with more arriving, chanted "Freedom, freedom" and "Revolution, revolution", and appealed to the army to protect them, Reuters reported.

Some drummed and waved national flags as they mingled in the street, while others took shelter from the sun under parasols and makeshift tents.

In the joint statement Sunday, the three countries said despite the ousting of al-Bashir, the "legitimate change that the Sundanese people are demanding has not been achieved".

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

In a televised address to the nation, Sudan's then-Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, announced that al-Bashir - who had seized power himself in a 1989 coup - had been arrested and taken to a "safe" location.

The deputy leader of Sudan's ruling military council, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daqlo, met in Khartoum on Sunday with US charge d'affaires Steven Koutsis.

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