International Desk: Sudan's military rulers faced pressure from demonstrators and Western governments to hand power to a new civilian government as activists warned of an attempt to disperse a 10-day-old mass protest outside army headquarters.
Sudan's main protest group demanded the immediate handover of power to a civilian transitional government, saying it would keep up the street demonstrations which ousted former President Omar al-Bashir last week to achieve its aims. Organisers of mass protests said they want the full dismantling of the "deep state" left behind by ousted leader Omar al-Bashir. A spokesman said leaders of the past regime should be put on trial.
The Sudanese Professionals' Association (SPA) called for the establishment of a transitional council which would be protected by the armed forces, adding it would exert "all forms of peaceful pressure to achieve the objectives of the revolution".
The military council on Sunday met with political parties and urged them to agree on an "independent figure" to be prime minister, an AFP correspondent at the meeting said. "We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy," a council member, Lieutenant General Yasser al-Ata, told members of several political parties.
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