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Sudan protesters ask army to hand over power immediately

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The Sudanese protest movement has rejected the military’s declaration that it has no ambitions to hold the reins of power for long after ousting the president of 30 years, Omar al-Bashir.

In an online statement, the movement depicted the army’s assurances as a “deception” and called for an immediate handover of power to a civilian transitional government.

The statement came shortly after a press conference on Friday in Khartoum by the country’s new military rulers.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the four months of demonstrations against al-Bashir, denounced the military’s statements as a “farce.”

It also vowed to “resist” by peaceful means all the extraordinary measures the military has imposed since Thursday’s ouster of al-Bashir, including the nighttime curfew and state of emergency.

On Friday, the head of the political committee of the transitional Military Council that overthrew President Omar al-Bashir said that the solution to Sudan’s crisis will come from protesters and not the military.

“We are the protectors of the demands of the people and that is by consensus from the political entities,” said the political Committee’s head, Omar Zeinalabdin.

“We are not greedy for power.”