One policeman and three protesters were killed in Sudan Khartoum and many other demonstrators were wounded, state TV said.
The Transitional Military Council (TMC), which took over after the army overthrew President Omar al-Bashir in April blamed the violence on saboteurs who demonstrated discontent with the transition deal.
After the incidents Sudan’s ruling military council warned that it would not allow “chaos”. Four people were killed in violence that broke out over an agreement on a political transition reached by the generals and protest groups.
The new head of Sudan’s transitional military council said on April 13 that a civilian government would be established after consultations with opposition forces and promised that the transitional period would last for a maximum of two years.
In his first broadcast address, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman announced e was cancelling a night curfew ordered by his predecessor General ibn Auf and ordered the release of all prisoners jailed under emergency laws imposed by ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
“For months, the people of Sudan have peacefully and with determination called for change” says the statement of the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini on the situation in Sudan.
“As underlined by the Chairperson of African Union Commission in his statement today, a military council does not provide the answers and breaches the principles of the African Union Charter.”
“Only a credible and inclusive political process can meet the aspirations of the Sudanese people and lead to the political and economic reforms the country needs.”
“That can only be achieved through a swift handover to a civilian transitional government. In that process, all must exercise calm and utmost restraint.”
Image above: Federica Mogherini (archive photo).
Incumbent President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested in a coup d’état by the military, but protesters came to the streets demanding the army the peaceful transition of power to civilians.
The President Bashir (75) was arrested by military after months of demonstrations against his rule protracted for three decades rule.
In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced the presidential elections will be organised ater a two-year period of military rule.
Auf explained Bashir was being detained in a “safe place” and a military council would now run the country, but he did not reveal the names of the military to ascend to the positions.
Sudanese state News agency SUNA informed the President of the Republic, Marshal Omar al-Bashir in his capacity of the Supreme commander presided over the meeting of the Defence and National Security Council. The Council stressed the importance of gathering the national class and achieving peace and the need to invoke the “voice of reason” to spare the country from “slipping into sedition“.
The news agency also quoted police spokesman General Hashim Abdel-Rahim as saying that one person was killed during “disturbances” in Omdurman.
Officials say 31 people have died in protest-related violence so far, but according to Human Right Watch sources indicate that the death toll is much higher, reaching 51 victims, including children and medics.
SUNA news also reported that civilians and policemen were injured in the demonstrations, citing police reports as thousands of protesters clashed with security forces near the President’s residence.
President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a new first vice President and Prime minister, a day after declaring a year-long state of emergency to counter Sudanese protests calling for his removal from office.
Bashir replaced his long-time ally Bakri Hassan Saleh with Defence Minister General Awad Ibnoufas as vice-President and appointed governor of eastern Gezira state Mohamed Tahir Ayala as Prime minister.
Awad Ibnoufas was active in the coup which brought Bashir to power three decades ago, while Ayala has previously been regarded by the Sudanese leader as his potential successor as president.
Sudan parliamentary committee mandated with amending the Constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another mandate informed it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA reports.
The decision comes amid almost daily street protests since mid-December, initially sparked by rising food prices and cash shortages, against Al-Bashir’s three decades rule.