Sudan: Activists Unite Under ‘Revolutionary Council’

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Democratic groups in Sudan announced a “revolutionary council” Thursday. This “revolutionary council will make it possible to regroup revolutionary forces under the orders of a unified leadership”. The council will consist of 100 members.

KHARTOUM JULY 8: Pro-democracy groups in Sudan announced a “revolutionary council” Thursday to close ranks against infamous coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, rejecting his vague propositions of a civilian government.

Sudan’s coup leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said the army will make way for a civilian government. In televised statements aired on Sudan’s state television, Abdel-Fattah Burhan also promised that he would dissolve the sovereign council. Burhan did not specify any dates or who would replace the military at the negotiating table.

The resistance committees are informal groups which emerged during the protests that ousted Bashir, and have led calls for recent anti-coup rallies.

This “revolutionary council will make it possible to regroup revolutionary forces under the orders of a unified leadership”, Manal Siam, a pro-democracy co-ordinator, told reporters.

The council will consist of “100 members, half of whom will be activists from resistance committees”, according to another coordinator, Mohammed al-Jili.

The rest of the new organisation will come from political parties, unions, rebel movements opposed to the military and relatives of those killed in the repression of protests, Jili added.

Meanwhile, Abdallah Obshar, spokesperson for the High Council of Beja Nazirs and Independent Chieftains in eastern Sudan, warned of the dire consequences of any political settlement in which the eastern Sudanese are not involved.

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