Sudan opposition says to nominate members for transitional council


Today marks the third day of a general strike and civil disobedience campaign by the opposition alliance, which is refusing to meet the military council after a ferocious crackdown in which around 120 protesters were killed and the site of their demonstration was burnt.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (C) is welcomed at Khartoum worldwide airport, Sudan, June 7, 2019.

Since the beginning of April, protestors have been in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum demanding government changes, including finally instituting a civilian-led government.

"The Alliance for Freedom and Change (umbrella protest movement) is fully responsible for recent unfortunate incidents. including blocking roads which is violating global humanitarian laws", Lieutenant General Jamaleddine Omar said on state television late Sunday.

The military council announced that security forces on the streets would be boosted after four people were killed in clashes on Sunday - two in Khartoum and two in Omdurman, just across the Nile river.

Arman said on Twitter he had been "deported against my will by a military helicopter from Khartoum to Juba".

Opposition sources said Abiy had proposed a 15-member transitional council comprising eight civilians and seven military officers with a rotating presidency.

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"The Alliance for Freedom and Change will reveal its sovereign council and a prime minister in an announcement to be made at a suitable time", the Sudanese Professionals Association, a key member of the umbrella protest movement, said late on Monday.

The top United States diplomat to Africa is heading to Sudan in an attempt to negotiate between the ruling generals and protest leaders and to call for an end to violence and intimidation by paramilitaries loyal to the junta.

African Union has suspended Sudan following the massacre.

Stability in the nation of 40 million is crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya. The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday his country was in contact with both sides and was seeking "a smooth organized political transition". The government has confirmed 61 deaths.

The civil disobedience campaign comes a week after a deadly crackdown on protesters in Khartoum left dozens dead and nearly two months since the April 11 ouster of Sudan´s longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir following months of protests.

Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday accused the RSF and allied militia of being responsible for the destruction of dozens of villages, unlawful killings and sexual abuse in Darfur over the past year.

The Security Council will discuss Sudan on Friday during a meeting focused on the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID.