On April 18th, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Khartoum, Sudan to demand the temporary council transfer power to a civilian government.
The protest was primarily organized by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which on the day released a statement that civilian council members would be named at a news conference at 17:00 GMT on April 21st outside the army complex to which foreign diplomats are also invited.
“We are demanding that this civilian council, which will have representatives of the army, replace the military council,” Ahmed al-Rabia, a leader of the umbrella group of unions for doctors, engineers and teachers said.
The SPA’s proposal is a presidential council made up of “revolutionary figures” and a defense minister, the only representative from the military. It also said women should make up 40 percent of the legislative council.
On the same day, the Chairman of the Political Committee of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt. Gen. Omer Zainal-Abidin met with a delegation of the National Change Front, headed by the front’s Presidential Council, Dr. Ghazi Salahuddin.
“Dr. Ghazi said that the meeting has reviewed the front’s vision on the political and security situation in Sudan, affirming that The change brought about by the Armed Forces is a bias to the people was necessitated by the need to overcome the crisis and to take the country to safety.
In a press statement, Dr. Ghazi said that the meeting has reviewed the front’s vision on the political and security situation in Sudan, affirming that The change brought about by the Armed Forces is a bias to the people was necessitated by the need to overcome the crisis and to take the country to safety.
He said that the current stage requires moving to re-build the state in consultation with civil forces and to fight the trend of exclusion among political forces.
He said that the Front has pledged to prepare a written vision on the structure of the state and reform and promote peace through dialogue with the Armed Forces.
Dr. Ghazi pointed out that the National Change Front also gave a proposal on formation of the government system and establishment of a legislative body with powers and jurisdiction to create a balance between the presidential and parliamentary system.”
In January, the National Change Front called for a military coup in Sudan.
Separately, the General Leader of Anṣar al-Sunnah al-Muḥammadiyah Group in Sudan, Dr. Ismail Osman Mohamed al- Mahi called for a consensus on the Interim Government.
“He noted that the group has been calling for that in its centers in the center and the states, he extended thanks to the military council for its patience and wisdom in dealing with the events, and thanking God for the smooth transition from power to another, referring to the victims of the events.”
Also on April 18th, the Political Committee of the TMC briefed a delegation of international organizations on the overall security and political situation in Sudan. They reaffirmed the military council’s willingness to achieve peace and stability in Sudan and consolidate power.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Transition Military Council, lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan announced the removal and assignment of various officials, and the presumed prosecution of those close to former President Omar al-Bashir.
Various groups, most of which “street democrats” are pitching-in their voices and opinions in the formation of the upcoming government. Naturally, some of them are quite obviously backed by foreign interests wanting to include themselves in the upcoming new ruling institutions in the country.
To assist in the situation, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, Mousas Faki is due to arrive in Khartoum on April 20th. He is to hold meetings chairman of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt Gen. Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan and members of the Council, in addition to holding a series of meetings with the Sudanese political forces.
Finally, Sudan’s new acting Attorney General took office on April 18th. Al-Walid Sid-Ahmed Mahmoud immediately announced that former President Omar al-Bashir is being investigated due to large sums of money being discovered in his home.
Reuters cited an anonymous source, according to whom military intelligence searched al-Bashir’s home and found suitcases loaded with more than $351,000 and 6 million euros, as well as five million Sudanese pounds.
“The chief public prosecutor… ordered the (former) president detained and quickly questioned in preparation to put him on trial,” the anonymous judicial source said. “The public prosecution will question the former president in Kobar prison,” the source added.