Sudanese judges to march in Khartoum – judge

Sudanese judges to march in Khartoum – judge
Sudan’s protests

Sudanese judges will march on Thursday from the Supreme Court in Khartoum to a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, joining for the first time the anti-government protests, one of the judges said.

Omar al-Bashir was overthrown by the military on April 11 aftermonths of protests against his rule. The march is the first by judges in Sudansince before Bashir took power in an Islamist-backed military coup in 1989.

After ousting Bashir, the military established a TransitionalMilitary Council (TMC) to run Sudan for a period of up to two years.

The opposition has demanded a rapid handover of power tocivilians. The sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, which began five daysbefore Bashir's removal, has continued as protest leaders press for faster anddeeper change.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which spearheaded the anti-Bashir protests, called for a million-strong march to take place at the Defence Ministry on Thursday.

On Wednesday evening, the opposition and the TMC agreed to forma committee to resolve their differences.

The TMC and the opposition had appeared on a collision courseover popular demands for democratisation under civilian government. The SPA haddeclared on Sunday it would suspend talks with the military council.

Three members of the TMC resigned, including the head of itspolitical committee tasked with negotiating with the opposition, the TMC saidlate on Wednesday, but their resignations are yet to be accepted.

The members were Lieutenant-General Omar Zain al-Abideen, headof the political committee, Lieutenant-General Jalal al-Deen al-Sheikh andLieutenant-General Al-Tayeb Babakr Ali Fadeel.

One of the SPA's demands was that the three lieutenant-generalsbe dismissed and tried over their alleged role in a crackdown that killeddozens of protesters. 

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