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Sudanese military calls for snap election amid protests

Sudanese military calls for snap election amid protests

Sudanese military authorities say they are ready for the snap election despite the worsening situation inside the country, BBC reported. 

Sudan’s ruling body, the Transitional Military Council (TMC), say that all existing agreements with the main opposition coalition are done. Now, it is time to call the snap election and will be better if it happens until the end of the year.

Meantime, the protests are under way in the Sudanese capital. The pro-reform campaigners from the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has spearheaded the demonstrations, remained defiant despite the violence.

“This is a critical point in our revolution. The military council has chosen escalation and confrontation … Now the situation is us or them; there is no other way,” said Mohammed Yousef al-Mustafa, a spokesman for the SPA.

According to the medical association, at least 30 people had been killed during the protests. Moreover, the activists say the true number is likely to be much higher with bodies still unrecovered from the protest site attacked in the early morning. There are also claims that many bodies were thrown into the river Nile by security forces.

The White House called the violent attack on protesters in Khartoum a “brutal attack”, condemning the TMC’s way of acting. The crackdown came after the military and protesters agreed a three-year transition period to civilian rule in Sudan.

The Transitional Military Council stopped the negotiation with an opposition

Sudan’s Military Council 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.

But the TMC’s head, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said in a statement broadcast on state television that they had decided to “stop negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change and cancel what had been agreed on”. According to General, the election will take olace within nine months.

The official’s announcement came after leaders of the pro-democracy movement, who demand that a civilian government take over the running of the country, said they were stopping all contact with the TMC and called a general strike.