Sudan demonstrators keep up pressure week after al-Bashir removed


Thousands of Sudanese are converging on Khartoum’s military headquarters, continuing demands that the military council that took over from Omar al-Bashir hand power to civilian leadership.

Engineers and environmentalists took to the streets on Thursday, starting marches at their relevant ministries before proceeding onto the square in front of the country’s military headquarters where a demonstration in its second week has been at the center of the protest

“We need to use the power of the people to take over these institutions and liberate them from the domination of the old regime,” Argam Ahmed, a representative of engineers the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) told Aljazeera.

The SPA which has led the protests is telling people they should not leave the square until their demands are met.

“We are happy with what we have achieved so far, but we do trust the SPA so when it says we should stay in the square that what we will going to do,” said Amir Abdul Rahman an engineer.

The renewed push by the demonstrators comes one week after al-Bashir was forced from power after three decades of rule.

Defence Minister GeneralAhmed Awad Ibn Aufstepped down after 24 hours as head of the military council when the demonstrators objected to anyone associated with the previous regime.

The council is now headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a career soldier who is largely unknown outside of the army.

Demonstrators have called for the miltary to hand power to a civilian administration that will rule for four years.

Some concessions

The military council has made some concessions to protesters, including the removal of the country’s three-highest ranking public prosecutors, and the appointment of a new intelligence chief. It has also invited protest organisers and political parties to decide on a civilian prime minister, but said it would hold on to the interior and defence ministries.

The thousands in the square on Thursday were expected to be joined by women’s groups, trade unionists, and students.

Despite hot weather, the mood in the square was jubilant on Thursday, with people singing and dancing, with others chanting slogans in support of the SPA, as traders and businessmen distributed free food and water to the protesters.

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