Sudanese opposition suspends talks with military council

Sudanese protesters launched anti-government demonstrations in December and have for days been camped out in front of Khartoum's army headquarters. AFP/ASHRAF SHAZLY

Sudanese protesters launched anti-government demonstrations in December and have for days been camped out in front of Khartoum's army headquarters. AFP/ASHRAF SHAZLY

Friction between the two sides is increasing as protesters accuse the army of deliberately delaying the process of transferring Sudan to civilian rule.

Sudanese protesters have suspended talks with the army, after accusing the Transitional Military Council (TMC) of deliberately delaying their much promised transfer to civilian rule.

On Sunday, the Freedom and Change forces further called for the escalation of protests, only ten days after the military coup which overthrew Omar al-Bashir, the Sudan Tribune reported.

Friction between the two sides is increasing, as previous opposition doubts about some Islamist generals in the military council grow over accusations that generals want to include Islamists forces from the previous regime in the new government.

During a press conference to announce potential nominees of new government representatives, the opposition denounced the intransigence of the military council in transferring power to civilians, saying the excuse being made for the delay that the TMC was examining proposals made by other political forces didn’t hold water.

Consequently, a decision has been made to escalate mass pressure, continue the sit-in outside military headquarters and suspend negotiations with the TMC, as well as regard them as an extension of the previous regime.

In the interim, the opposition will also form a Transitional National Authority without military participation.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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