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Sudan's Military Rulers Fire Top Chief Prosecutor, Aides

Sudanese demonstrators rally near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum, April 16, 2019. Protesters toughened their stance Tuesday by calling for the dissolution of the transitional military council, to be replaced immediately with a civilian power.

Sudan's ruling military council says it has fired the country's top prosecutor days after the military ousted autocratic president Omar al-Bashir.

Tuesday's statement by the council says its head, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, dismissed general prosecutor Omar Abdel-Salam and two of his aides.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests, has called for the dismissal of all top judges and prosecutors among a package of demands. Those include the prosecution of those behind the Islamist-backed military coup in 1989, the dissolution of all pro-government unions and a freeze on the assets of top officials in al-Bashir's government.

Last week, Sudan's military ousted al-Bashir following four months of street protests against his rule, then appointed a military council it says will rule for no more than two years while elections are organized.