Six killed in Sudan after deal reached on power transition

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Sudanese protesters burn tires and barricade the road leading to al-Mek Nimir. May 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

At least five protesters and a member of Sudan’s army were reportedly killed on Monday as violence erupted outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

The violence took place after opposition groups and the military council struck a deal for the country’s political transition, following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir last month.

The council accused armed groups unhappy with progress towards a political deal of opening fire at protest sites. Protesters said counter-revolutionaries linked to the former regime started the violence.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces opposition alliance are set to meet Tuesday to discuss two key sticking points: the military-civilian balance of power in transitional bodies, and the length of the transition before elections.

Protesters want a civilian-led transition and have kept up demonstrations against the council since military officers on April 11 removed and arrested Bashir, who is now facing multiple criminal investigations.

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