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Sudan opposition rejects deadline for handover of power

Wednesday 24/April/2019 - 05:17 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Mohamed Emad

The Sudanese opposition on Wednesday rejected a proposal by the African Union (AU) to give Sudan’s ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) a three-month deadline for handing over power to a civilian authority.

Opposition leaders rejected the proposal at a press conference attended by representatives of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA)، the opposition National Consensus and Sudan Appeal parties، and several civil-society organizations.

“We didn’t call on the army to assume power; we called on it to stand with the people،” opposition spokesman Omar al-Deqir told reporters.

At a Tuesday AU summit in Cairo، attendees floated the notion of giving the MTC a three-month deadline for relinquishing power to a civilian administration.

“The Cairo summit saw the AU’s earlier deadline for relinquishing power [to a civilian government] extended from 15 days to three months،” Bassam Radi، a spokesman for Egypt’s presidency، said in a statement.

According to Radi، summit attendees had agreed that a 15-day deadline was “insufficient”.

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