The head of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council has fired three high ranking public prosecutors, it said after protesters demanded an overhaul of the judiciary as part of moves to civilian government.
The Sudanese Professionals’ Association spearheading the revolt issued a list of demands for wholesale change to end repression and ease an economic crisis after the military deposed veteran autocrat Omar al-Bashir last week.
In a statement, the TMC said council chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan sacked chief prosecutor Omar Ahmed Mohamed Abdelsalam and deputy public prosecutor Hesham Othman Ibrahim Saleh, as well as head of public prosecutions Amer Ibrahim Majid.
Alwaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud was appointed to carry out Abdelsalam’s duties, it said. Mahmoud’s background was not immediately known.
In its first news conference on Monday, the SPA called for the TMC to be dissolved in favour of an interim civilian ruling council with military representatives.
It also called for Abdelsalam’s removal along with the chief of the judiciary and his deputies and added mass protests would not cease until demands were met. The judiciary chief was not mentioned in the TMC statement.
On Tuesday, University of Khartoum professors carrying signs reading “civilian transitional government” and “democracy” marched to a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry that began on April 6, a Reuters witness said.
Academics are among the most respected groups in Sudanese society, adding symbolism to the march.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called TMC head Burhan to offer support, a spokesman for Sisi said.
The spokesman said in a statement Sisi affirmed “Egypt’s full support for the security and stability of Sudan and its support for the will and choices of the Sudanese people”.
TMC member Jalal al-Deen al-Sheikh met African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa and gave him a letter from Burhan on the situation in Sudan as well as inviting Mahamat to visit, state news agency SUNA said.
It quoted Sheikh as saying Mahamat expressed “understanding” of decisions the TMC had taken so far.
The AU’s Peace and Security Council called for the TMC to transfer power to a transitional civilian-led authority within 15 days or risk Sudan being suspended from the AU.
On Monday, Sheikh told a news conference in Addis Ababa the TMC was in the process of selecting a prime minister for civilian rule – ahead of elections promised within two years.