KHARTOUM – The military council that has been ruling Sudan since the ouster of Omar al-Bashir called on Sunday on the country’s political forces to present proposals and requirements related to the transition period, including a consensus candidate to be the new prime minister.
The so-called Transitional Military Council called on the leaders of all the forces and political parties, whom it invited on Sunday to a meeting at the Khartoum conference center, to present their “suggestions and points of view” in writing within the next seven days, according to a statement by the council.
The council asked for the suggestions to include “the conditions and traits the prime minister should have,” adding that hopefully the political forces can agree on a “patriotic and independent” figure.
They also have to present in writing the characteristics of a civilian government that will be formed during the two-year transition period announced by the military and will be overseen by the council.
The political forces were asked about the length of the transition period, as some sectors have refused to agree to having it last for as long as two years before transferring power to a civilian authority.
Lt. Gen. Omar Zain al-Abidin, who heads the military council’s political committee, said during the meeting that the main mission of the council is to create the conditions so that “all the political factions can compete in a transparent atmosphere without exclusion.”
He asserted that the council has no interest in exercising power and that it stepped in to ensure security and stability.
For his part, the acting head of National Security and Intelligence, Jalaladin al Sheikh, who is also a military council member, called on the political forces to back the council by presenting their initiatives to facilitate “the good running of the country’s affairs during the transition period to achieve the wishes of the people,” according to the statement.
The military council on Friday began holding meetings with the opposition, who initially refused to engage in any talks with the council under Awad bin Auf, who was replaced by Abdelfatah al-Burhan on Friday.
The 75-year-old Al-Bashir, who became Sudan’s president in 1989, has been under house arrest since Thursday, when the army announced that he had been removed from power.