With Al-Bashir Ouster: What's next in Sudan?

Mohamed At

There were no clashes and no one was hurt but the incident triggered concerns that the military, which last week ousted Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's longtime president, after four months of street protests against his rule, could renege on its promises not to use force against the peaceful demonstrators.

On Monday the military council said it was restructuring the joint forces command, appointing a new chief of staff for the army and a deputy.

Since then the heads of the military council and Sudan's powerful intelligence services have both been replaced, as protesters have continued to call for change.

Since his departure, they have called on the country's new ruling military council to meet the demands of their "revolution".

The leader of that council, Lieutenant General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, said Saturday he is committed to transferring power to a civilian government within two years.

"We appeal to all to move immediately to the protest camp to protect the revolution and its gains", it said in a statement.

The SPA described the attempt to disperse the crowds as "an indication that the military council will not fulfil its commitment given to the people", in a separate statement on its Facebook page.

Follow the money American actor George Clooney, who has campaigned hard to draw attention to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, over the weekend urged world powers to pressure the military "to turn over full executive power to a civilian-led transitional government".

The United States, Britain and Norway said Sunday it was time for Sudan's military rulers and other parties to hold talks over the country's transition to civilian rule.

The re-instatement of the country's 2005 constitution, which the military council suspended shortly after ousting Bashir.

The Council called on the Sudanese political forces to present their vision for the transitional period within a week.

"This must be done credibly and swiftly, with protest leaders, political opposition, civil society organizations, and all relevant elements of society, including women".

A 10-member delegation representing the protesters had delivered a list of demands during talks with the council late on Saturday, according to a statement by the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group.

But in a press conference later, the council's spokesman did not respond to the protesters' latest demands, although he did announce the appointment of a new intelligence chief of the NISS.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led calls for a civilian government, has urged more demonstrations until its demands are met.

Al-Bashir, who came to power in an Islamist coup in 1989, imposed a nationwide state of emergency February 22 in an attempt to suppress the protests after an initial crackdown failed. They demanded the dissolution of Bashir's National Congress Party and said they received affirmation from the TMC that the party will not participate in a transitional government.

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