Sudan Military calls for election amid protests

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Sudan’s military leaders say they are scrapping all existing agreements with the main opposition coalition and will hold elections within nine months.

The announcement came as the military faced mounting international condemnation for their violent attack on protesters in the capital, Khartoum, which reportedly left at least 30 people dead.

The US said it was a “brutal attack”. The AU condemned the violence and urged other countries to refrain from interfering.

Many people in Sudan are angry that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt are backing the military council.

Transition Period
The crackdown came after the military and protesters agreed a three-year transition period to civilian rule.

The Transitional Military Council, TMC, which has governed Sudan since President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in a coup in April, and negotiators for the pro-democracy movement had also settled on the structure of a new administration.

The TMC’s head, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said that they had decided to “stop negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change and cancel what had been agreed on”.

He said an election in nine months time would take place under regional and international supervision.

Nneka Ukachukwu