Demonstrations in Sudan state capitals


Hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated in state capitals seeking to revive a push for civilian rule in ongoing tumult since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir more than two months ago.

There were gatherings in state capitals of Wad Madani, Al-Ubayyid and Port Sudan calling for the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to relinquish power.

Dozens demonstrated in national capital Khartoum, including employees of the private Bank of Khartoum, the country’s largest, chanting “Civilian!” and waving Sudanese flags.

An opposition-linked doctors’ committee said security forces detained Health Ministry employees protesting for civilian rule. The military council did not immediately comment.

Talks between the military and an opposition alliance collapsed when security forces stormed a protest sit-in outside the Defence Ministry on June 3, killing dozens.

The two sides wrangled for weeks over whether civilians or the military would control a new sovereign council to lead Sudan to elections.

The prolonged chaos has concerned world powers including the United States, which sanctioned Sudan under Bashir over its alleged support for militant groups and the civil war in Darfur.

The opposition accused the military council of ordering the sit-in’s dispersal and wants an international inquiry. Witnesses said the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, headed by the military council’s deputy, carried out the violence.

The military said a crackdown on criminals spilled over to the sit-in area and some officers were detained for presumed responsibility.

On Thursday, the military council named Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah as public prosecutor, judicial sources told Reuters.

Abdullah was recently appointed prosecutor for Khartoum, a role in which he oversaw an investigation into the storming of the sit-in, state news agency SUNA said.

The military council called for a renewal of negotiations on Wednesday, but there was no response from the opposition.