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Sudanís Military Council Ends Curfew, Orders Detainees to Be Released

KHARTOUM Ė Head of Sudanís military council, Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan, ended on Saturday a night-time curfew imposed by the army after the ousting of president Omar al-Bashir.

Lieutenant-General al-Burhan, clad in the military uniform, ordered in a televised statement the release of all those who have arrested during rallies that have rocked the northeast African nation in recent months , including those who were tried under the state of emergency declared by al-Bashir, who was overthrown on Thursday.

Al-Burhan, who took the helm last night after defense minister Awad Ibn Auf, a leader in the coup, stepped down, promised that human rights and international agreements signed by Sudan would be respected during the two-year transition period announced by the military.

Defying opposition calls for an immediate civilian government, al-Burhan confirmed that the planned transition period would last for a maximum of two years before power is handed to a civilian government that would be agreed on by all the political forces.

He promised to reconstruct of state institutions, tackle corruption and punish those who did harm to the economy, the deterioration of which triggered the protests that first erupted on Dec. 19, 2018 and brought al-Bashirís rule to an end.

Al-Burhan extended an open invitation to all the Sudanese communitiesí element and its parties and civil society to engage in negotiations.

He called for preparing the political atmosphere for the peaceful transfer of power, and asked on the political forces and opposition groups to help the country return to normal after weeks of protests in which dozens have been killed, hundreds have been injured and over a thousand arrested.

Earlier in the day, the head of the Sudanese Security and Intelligence apparatus, Salah Kush, submitted his resignation to the military council.

The information center of the so-called Transitory Military Council announced that al-Burhan accepted Kushís resignation.

In a brief statement, the council did not provide any reasons behind the resignation of Kush, who is thought to have been in charge of the arrest of protesters, activists and opposition leaders since Dec. 19.

 

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