Sudan’s military rulers, opposition alliance resume talks


Sudanese military council and the main opposition alliance have resumed talks in Khartoum on Wednesday over who should head the sovereign council that will lead the country’s transition to democracy.

Earlier, Sudan’s main opposition alliance said it was prepared for direct talks with the country’s military rulers but negotiations between the two parties failed last month, after members of the security services raided a sit-in protest camp outside the defence ministry.

The opposition has been staging protests to demand the military give up power since April, when the armed forces toppled President Omar al-Bashir, ending his 30-year rule after months of demonstrations.

Protest leaders have also called on the government to release political prisoners. On Wednesday, state TV reported that the military council had pardoned 235 detained members of the Sudan Liberation Movement, a rebel group active in the western Darfur region.

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