Sudan crisis: Military council arrests former government members

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Sudan’s transitional military council has arrested members of the former government and promised not to disperse protesters.

 

 

A spokesman also urged the opposition to pick the next prime minister and vowed to implement their choice.

 

Months of protests in Sudan led to the ousting and arrest of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday.

 

Demonstrators have vowed to stay on the streets until there is an immediate move to civilian rule.

 

A sit-in is continuing outside the defence ministry in the capital Khartoum.

 

In a press conference on Sunday, spokesman Maj Gen Shams Ad-din Shanto said the military council was “ready to implement” whatever civilian government the opposition parties agreed.

 

“We won’t appoint a PM. They’ll choose one,” he said, referring to opposition and protest group.

 

He also said the army would not remove protesters from their sit-in by force, but called on protesters “to let normal life resume” and stop unauthorised roadblocks.

 

“Taking up arms will not be tolerated,” he added.

 

The military council also announced a raft of decisions, including:

 

  • New heads of the army and the police

 

  • A new head of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)

 

  • Committees to fight corruption, and to investigate the former ruling party

 

  • The lifting of all media restrictions and censorship

 

  • The release of police and security officers detained for supporting protesters

 

  • A review of diplomatic missions, and the dismissal of Sudan’s ambassadors to the US and to the UN in Geneva

 

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