In Sudan, the head of country’s ruling military council General Awad Ibn Auf has resigned naming Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor. The announcement was made by General Auf in a speech broadcast live on state television late on Friday as tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, demanding a civilian-led transition government.
“I, the head of the military council, announce I am giving up the post,” Ibn Auf said. The announcement came a day after General Auf was sworn in as the head of a transitional military council following the ouster of long-time president Omar al-Bashir.
Meanwhile, the country’s military council has asked all ‘political forces’ in the country to name two representatives by Saturday for a dialogue on the country’s transition, official SUNA news agency reported. The protests against the 30-year rule of Bashir began in December last year, but had intensified at the weekend when huge crowds gathered at a crossroads in front of a heavily guarded military complex in the Sudan capital.
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17 November, 2019