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Sudan military council promises civilian Cabinet

The Associated Press

Sudanese demonstrators march with national flags as they gather during a rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy in Khartoum on Saturday.

The Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s new ruling military council announced Sunday that it will name a civilian prime minister and Cabinet but not a president to help govern the country following the coup that removed longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Shamseldin Kibashi also said in televised remarks that the military had begun to overhaul security organizations and would not break up demonstrations that have continued since Thursday’s coup.

The statement came after a second day of meetings between the army and organizers of the escalating street protests that led to al-Bashir’s ouster.

The announcement was unlikely to satisfy protesters, who have demanded full civilian rule. Protest organizers have urged the military to “immediately and unconditionally” hand power to a transitional civilian government that would rule for four years.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests, also posted a nine-point list of demands earlier Sunday, including prosecution of those behind the Islamist-backed military coup in 1989, dissolution of all pro-government unions, a freeze on the assets of top officials in al-Bashir’s government and dismissal of all top judges and prosecutors.

After Saturday’s talks, Omer el-Digair, leader of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party, told protesters at a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum that the atmosphere had been “positive.” He said that the talks would focus on submitting the organizers’ demands and transition plan and that they are calling for dissolving al-Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party.

“We demanded restructuring the current security apparatus,” el-Digair said. “We do not need a security apparatus that detains people and shuts off newspapers.”Speech

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