KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Thousands of Sudanese demonstrators camped outside the defense ministry in Khartoum to push for a civilian government, defying a curfew and calling for mass prayers after the military overthrew Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of autocratic rule.
Demonstrators who have been holding almost daily anti-Bashir protests rejected the decision to set up a transitional military council to run the country for two years and vowed to continue protests until a civilian government is established.
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Activists called for mass Friday prayers outside the defense ministry compound, a focal point for protests.
Activists wearing yellow vests controlled traffic around the compound on Friday morning and managed foot traffic to and from the sit-in, a Reuters witness said. They also blocked a major bridge in central Khartoum.
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Bashir, 75, had faced 16 weeks of demonstrations against him. Announcing the president’s overthrow, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said elections would be held at the end of the two-year interim period.
World powers, including the United States and Britain, said they supported a peaceful and democratic transition sooner than two years.
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Speaking on state television on Thursday, Ibn Auf said Bashir was being detained in a “safe place” and a military council – which it was later announced he is heading – would now run the country.
Sudanese sources told Reuters that Bashir...
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