Sudan’s military has promised its civilians that they will let the opposition parties choose a democratically elected civilian leader to lead their country forward.
“We won’t appoint a PM. They’ll choose one,” said the army spokesperson
Speaking to the media, Maj Gen Shams Ad-din Shanto said that the transitional military council is ready to implement whatever civilian government protest groups and opposition leaders have agreed upon but vowed that any action to take up arms will not be tolerated.
In a joint statement, opposition parties and movements vowed to continue the sit-down strike in the capital, Khartoum until their demands are met and power is fully restored in the hands of civilians.
In response the army said that it will not “remove protesters from their sit-in by force strike,” but asked protesters to let the normality resume in the city as negotiations continue.
Meanwhile, the council has arrested members of the former government and 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.
The protests begun last December, with the call to reduce the increasing price of bread and fuel but later culminated into wider calls for the removal of former President Omar al Bashir from power.