Army rulers, protesters to meet in joint panel in Sudan

A joint committee representing Sudan’s military leadership and protesters will hold its first meeting on Saturday to discuss their demand for civilian rule.

Protest leaders have held several rounds of so far inconclusive talks with the ruling military council since the army toppled veteran President Omar al-Bashir on April 11 following four months of nationwide protests.

Earlier this week, the two sides agreed to set up a joint committee to chart the way forward.


The Alliance for Freedom and Change, which brings together grassroots organisers with opposition and rebel groups, has kept up mass protests for a return to civilian rule since Mr. Bashir’s overthrow after three decades in power.

“The joint committee with the military council will hold its first meeting on Saturday,” the AFC said.

Western governments have expressed support, but Sudan’s key Gulf Arab lenders have backed the military council, while African states have called for more time for the army to hand over to civilians.


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