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Sudan's military rulers hold talks with protest leaders

Sudanese protesters have so far refused to leave their encampment in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum.
Sudanese protesters have so far refused to leave their encampment in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum. REUTERS/Stringer

Sudan's military rulers have held talks with protests leaders demanding the creation of a civilian government  following the overthrow of the country’s regime – as thousands of people remained camped outside the army headquarters overnight.

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The Alliance for Freedom and Change, an umbrella group leading the protests, on Saturday said they had delivered their demands – including restructuring Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service.

Sudan has seen two leaders toppled in two days after General Awad Ibn Ouf, who ousted longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir, was himself ousted after 24 hours.

The new leader of the Military Transition Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has promised to hand over power to a civilian government within two years.

He also lifted a night curfew imposed by his predecessor and ordered the release of prisoners jailed under the emergency law for protests against al-Bashir.

In a statement broadcast on Sudanese radio, al-Burhan urged the protesters to return home – promising the military council was working to promote an equal society that protected political freedoms.

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