Sudan’s parties try to reach common grounds for transition

(Roundup) KHARTOUM, Sudanese parties were Sunday exerting efforts to reach common grounds in a drive to restore security and calm to the country following the removal of President Omar Al-Bashir.

The Transitional Military Council approached the leaders of protesters and demanded their inclusion in the transitional phase to rule the country.

The council urged political forces to name, within seven days, a Prime Minister to head a civilian government, and to see whether the two-year transition was feasible or not.

The council hoped political forces would nominate an independent personality to head the government, General Omar Zain Al-Abidine said in a meeting with representatives of the forces.

He said the Military Council wanted to create suitable atmosphere so political parties compete in a transparent manner.

General Jalal Al-Din Al-Sheikh, member of the Military Council, said they wanted political forces to contribute to future of Sudan.

Thousands of Sudanese are still protesting before the army headquarters even after the army ousted President Omar Al-Bashir on April 11.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry, attempting to address regional and interational concerns, said intervention of army was to support the revolution, which wanted transfer to a civilian rule as soon as possible.

“The intervention of the army took place after a political deadlock, and economic and security crisis,” it said in a statement.

It urged the international community to support the Military Council and political forces to honor aspirations of the Sudanese people towards democratic transformation.

The forces of freedom and change party, which is leading the protests, said a sit-in would continue until demands of people were met.

They said they wanted formation of a civilian government running the country for four years under the protection of the army.

They said they wanted comprehensive reforms to also include judicial institutions, scrapping anti-freedom laws, release political prisoners and punishing killers of protesters.

Chairman of the Military Council Abdulfatah Al-Burhan vowed yesterday to remove all elements of the former regime and punish those who killed innocent civilians, and the corrupt.

In Cairo, the Arab League welcomed Al-Burhan’s measures for a political transition.

The league added in a statement it supported the military council and the political forces to achieve a national consensus.

Britain, the US and Norway – making up the troika on Sudan, called on the Military Council and all other parties to enter into an inclusive dialogue to effect a transition to civilian rule.

“This must be done credibly and swiftly, with protest leaders, political opposition, civil society organizations, and all relevant elements of society, including women, who are willing to participate,” they said in a statement.

The troika also called on the Military Council to meet needs of all people of Sudan by ensuring humanitarian access to all areas of Sudan.

Sudan, they said, needed a political system that is inclusive, respectful of human rights and the rule of law, and supported by a sound constitutional basis.

They called on the council to release all political prisoners, and that Sudan needed an orderly transition to civilian rule leading to elections in a reasonable time frame.

Source: Kuwait News Agency