Sudan: Military council arrests former govt. officials, to investigate former ruling party members

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Sudan’s military council said on Saturday a civilian government would be formed after consultations with the opposition and the transition period would last for a maximum of two years



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 Prime Minister. They’ll choose one,” he said, referring to opposition and protest groups.
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 range 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 the Sudanese ambassador to the US and to Switzerland
The coup leader, Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf, announced the military would oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections and imposed a three-month state of emergency.



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Bashir was overthrown on Thursday after weeks of mass protests brought on by rising food costs, high unemployment and increasing repression during his three decades in power.
The whereabouts of Sudan’s former leader is currently unknown, but the coup leaders said he was in a secure place.
Bashir, 75, seized power in a 1989 military coup.



Mr Bashir has been indicted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur by the International Criminal Court.
But the military council has said it will not extradite him, Instead he might go on trial in Sudan.

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