Sudan crisis: Military council arrests former government members


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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