Sudanese protesters resume negotiations with military council

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Sudanese protesters, waving national flags, take part in a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, May 5, 2019.
Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council

Sudanese protesters who drove President Omar al-Bashir from power last month are resuming negotiations with the ruling military council in renewed efforts to find common ground on forming a transitional government.

Shams al-Deen al-Kabashi, a spokesman for the military council, says Monday’s meeting — the first in over a week — is being held “in a more optimistic atmosphere.”

The protesters are represented by the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of opposition groups.

The two sides are divided over what role the military, dominated by al-Bashir appointees, should play in the transitional period. The protesters demand a full transfer of power to a civilian government during this time.

The military seeks a two-year transitional period during which army generals would retain most of the power.

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