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Sudan’s opposition coalition has rejected a proposed outline from the military to resolve the country’s political crisis.

On Tuesday the military council currently governing the country called a snap election within nine months.

That decision came a day after deadly crackdown by security forces leading to the death of at least thirty people.

Several others sustained injuries as well after soldiers shot into protesters.

The military leaders have denied ordering the crackdown on protesters who were camping outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

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The entire crackdown was condemned across the world putting pressure on the military leadership to act.

Since the military coup that toppled Omar al-Bashir’s regime in April, a Transitional Military Council (TMC) has been governing the country.

Bashir was overthrown, triggered by the same protests that the current military rulers are trying to disrupt.

Elections to the rescue?

The head of the council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in a statement said the council has “stop negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change and cancel what had been agreed on”.

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He adds that elections within nine months would take place under “regional and international supervision”.

But Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces is quoted by Reuters as saying that “What happened, killing protesters, wounding and humiliation, was a systematic and planned matter to impose repression on the Sudanese people.”

The military and the opposition coalition had challenges agreeing on details of composition and who holds the upper hand within the council.

That means protesters had to continue to push for a civilian regime which sparked Monday’s crackdown.

The military was given an ultimatum of 60 days from the African Union to ensure that there is a transfer of power to a civilian team.

There are fears the political crisis could turn deadly this week. This is because the military on Tuesday deployed large number of officers across Khartoum.

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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