Protesters in Sudan keep up pressure on military for civilian rule

Vastavam web: Protesters in Sudan said on Saturday they would keep up pressure for civilian rule after the defence minister stepped down abruptly as interim leader following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of autocratic rule. Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the transitional military council late on Friday after only a day in the post, as protesters demanded faster political change.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has been leading the protests, called for more demonstrations on Saturday. “Today, we continue the march to finish the victory for our victorious revolution,” the SPA said in a statement. The new head of the military council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman, is a commander believed to be more ready to talk to demonstrators.

Burhan was the third most senior general in the Sudanese armed forces and is little known in public life. As head of Sudan’s ground forces he oversaw Sudanese troops fighting in the Saudi-led Yemen war and has close ties to senior Gulf military officials.