UPDATED 6:47 AM PT – Monday, April 22, 2019
Sudanese protesters are ramping-up calls for a quicker transition to civilian rule, following a military coup.
In a statement Sunday, Sudanese opposition leaders said they have suspended talks with the interim military council over the country’s future. The opposition said it will intensify street rallies to demand a transition of power to a civilian council.
Earlier this month, the Sudanese military removed Islamic President Omar al-Bashir from power and established a secular administration.
Protest leaders threatened a popular upheaval unless the military gives-up its grip on power.
“Our goal is to put more pressure on the transitional military council with our announcement of a civilian government,” explained Mohammed al-Asam of the Sudanese Professionals Association. “We have prepared a clear plan for a transition to a civilian council with qualified names. Our candidates have also agreed to accept these jobs.”
For its part, the Sudanese military proposed a formation of a joint military-civilian council to prevent Islamists from returning to power.