Sudan protesters to pressure military by naming civilian council

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Sudanese demonstrators wave their national flag as they attend a protest rally demanding Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir to step down, outside Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

A leading organizer says Sudan’s protest movement hopes to “exert more pressure” on the ruling military by announcing the composition of a civilian transitional council later today.

A group of protesters from the Sudanese medical profession syndicate march at the sit-in inside the Armed Forces Square, in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A Sudanese official and a former minister said the military has transferred ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the city’s Kopar Prison in Khartoum. The move came after organizers of the street protests demanded the military move al-Bashir to an official prison. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)

Mohammed al-Asam of the Sudanese Professionals Association told the Associated Press that “we are ready with a clear plan for a transition with qualified names.”

The association drove four months of protests that led to the ouster and arrest of Sudan’s leader Omar al-Bashir earlier this month.

Al-Bashir was replaced by a military council. Protesters demand a speedy transition to civilian rule.

Al-Asam, a 28-year-old doctor, said in an interview that the military council is becoming more powerful every day and that “this is dangerous to the revolution.”

He says protesters also demand the arrests of additional members of the al-Bashir regime.

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