Three Members of Sudan's Military Council Resign Ahead of Major Protest

Halima Ishaq 34 is a teacher and an activist from Sudan's troubled Darfur region

Halima Ishaq 34 is a teacher and an activist from Sudan's troubled Darfur region

The protesters suspended talks with the military over the weekend after the military council said it was consulting all of Sudan's political forces on a path forward. The two others were Lieutenant-General Jalal al-Deen al-Sheikh and Lieutenant-General Al-Tayeb Babakr Ali Fadeel.

The planned mass march follows a late-night meeting between the military council and leaders of the protest movement's umbrella group.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the opposition and the TMC agreed to form a committee to resolve their disagreements, amid tensions over how long it will take to move to civilian rule after the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

In a subsequent statement released on Thursday morning, the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change said the military council has pledged to take positive steps that enhance trust and make it possible for joint cooperation between the two parties.

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Protest leaders want the Transitional Military Council to hand over to a civilian administration.

Burhan made the comments during an interview with the BBC's Hardtalk program, when he underscored that Sudan's troops would not attack protesters who have been camped around military headquarters since April 6.

Sudanese demonstrators welcome a train carrying protesters from Atbara, the birthplace of the protests that toppled former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, as they approach the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, April 23, 2019.

Writing on Twitter, the association said a "joint committee" was being set up to "discuss outstanding disputes" as part of efforts to reach a "comprehensive agreement".

"We Sudanese have to be united, young, old men and women, to have a democratic government", said the 71-year-old. The list of civilian members of government has been submitted, he said, so the ball is in the military council's court and they should accept it within a month.

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Three members of Sudan's ruling military council resigned Wednesday after the body met with protest leaders demanding a swift transition to civilian rule following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for three decades.

An AFP photographer said in downtown Khartoum crowds of protesters gathered earlier outside Egypt's embassy and consulate, which were surrounded by riot police.

Sudanese marchers converged from all directions on army headquarters for a "million-strong" demonstration on Thursday to turn up the heat on the ruling military council after three of its members resigned following talks on handing over power.

The TMC and the opposition had appeared on a collision course in recent days over popular demands for democratisation under civilian government.

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