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OIC calls for dialogue, peaceful transition in Sudan

OIC calls for dialogue, peaceful transition in Sudan

In a joint statement today, the Troika countries (the UK, Norway, and the USA), congratulated the people of Sudan for the overthrow on President Omar Al Bashir, and urge the Transitional Military Council and other parties to open dialogue for an orderly transition to civilian rule leading to elections in a reasonable time frame.

But the protesters have vowed to remain in place until the military council demonstrably accepts its demands. Instead it announced the appointment of a new intelligence chief.

On Friday, a spokesman for the military council said the army was not seeking power and Sudan's future would be decided by the protesters - but said the army would maintain public order and disturbances would not be tolerated.

Mr Ibn Auf quit a day after becoming military council chief.

"We will continue. our sit-in until all our demands are met", including the formation of a fully civilian government, Degier said.

"Himeidti told him about the measures taken by the military council to preserve the security and stability of the country", SUNA reported.

Gen Al Burhan also pledged that people implicated in killing protesters would face justice and that demonstrators held under a recent state of emergency would be freed.

Burhan took the oath of office on Friday after his predecessor General Awad Ibn Ouf stepped down little more than 24 hours after ousting Bashir.

Sudanese Professionals' Association (SPA) called for the establishment of a transitional council which would be protected by the armed forces, adding it would exert "all forms of peaceful pressure to achieve the objectives of the revolution".

Burhan said he was lifting the curfew imposed Thursday, which was to last for a month from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., and declared the immediate release of all those detained and tried during the current wave of unrest, which began in December.

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Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum overnight following Ibn Auf's resignation.

Ibn Ouf had served as Bashir's defence minister right up to the president's downfall, after three decades of iron-fisted rule.

However, he resigned after one day amid massive protests with Burhan announced as his successor.

Speaking on television, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan announced the restructuring of state institutions, the end of a night curfew and the release of political prisoners.

"Himeidti was part of the crimes that happened previously, but at least now he is on the side of the people", said Mohamed, a protester outside the army headquarters who gave only his first name for security reasons. A new Transitional Military Council was formed on April 13, after the people decisively rejected the initial military leadership who had a close association with the former regime.

Sudan's foreign ministry on Sunday urged the global community to support the country's new military rulers in order to ease a "democratic transition".

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation described the development as a "step forward reflecting the ambitions of the brotherly people of Sudan towards security, stability and development".

Saudi Arabia has extended support to the military council and is sending aid including petroleum products, wheat and medicine, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In a related development, Sudan's foreign ministry urged the worldwide community to back the country's new military rulers to help "democratic transition".

Thousands of protesters have been gathered outside the Army General Command for more than a week.

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