3 members of Sudan military council quit
Three members of Sudan’s 10-man ruling army council have resigned as the protest leaders insisted on civilian rule. According to a statement by the council, the officers were Lieutenant General Omar Zain al-Abdin, Lietenant General Jalaluddin Al-Sheikh and Lieutenant General Al-Tayieb Babikir.
The announcement on state media came after a spokesman of the junta said the council had
One of the protest leaders who attended the meeting with the military council, Ahmed al-Rabia, said the two sides had also agreed to form a joint committee, but did not elaborate for what. Wednesday’s late night developments came as Siddiq Farouk, one of the leaders of the protests, told reporters that the demonstrators were “preparing for a general strike” across the country if the ruling military council refuses to hand power to a civilian administration. He also said that a “million-strong march” is planned, confirming a call for the mammoth protest Thursday by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the group that initially launched protests against longtime leader Omar al-Bashir in December. For the first time, Sudanese judges said they would join an ongoing sit-in outside army headquarters “to support change and for an independent judiciary. The demonstrations initially began in the central town of Atbara on December 19 against a decision by Bashir’s government to triple bread prices. They swiftly turned into nationwide rallies against his rule and that of the military council that took his place.