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Sudanese Military Invites Protesters to Talks Amid Tensions


Rapid support forces guard the entrance of the military headquarters during a sit-in protest outside in Khartoum, Sudan, April 20, 2019.

Sudan's ruling military council has proposed a meeting with the organizers of the protests that toppled President Omar al-Bashir after they suspended talks with the generals over the weekend.

The council says it is willing to discuss proposals from the coalition of groups behind the protests for an immediate transfer of power to a transitional civilian government.

The Sudanese Professionals Association and its allies, who organized the four months of demonstrations that drove al-Bashir from power on April 11, have not yet accepted the invitation to Wednesday's meeting.

The military has said it is meeting with all political factions to discuss the transition. The protesters fear the military intends to hold onto power or leave much of al-Bashir's regime intact.

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