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Sudan news: Protesters demand civilian control amid leadership shakeup

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Protesters in Sudan continue to demand that the military turn over power to a civilian government, days after the military overthrew longtime President Omar al-Bashir in a coup.

Demonstrations — including a massive sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum — persisted over the weekend against Sudan’s ruling military council, which took control of the country after deposing al-Bashir.

Many protesters see the military’s grip on power as merely a continuation of al-Bashir’s authoritarian regime. The 75-year-old ruled Sudan for 30 years and faces international war crimes charges for his role in the genocide in the country’s western region of Darfur.

Protesters saw some victories over the weekend, though it’s not clear how substantial or deep they will be.

On Friday, Gen. Awad Ibn Auf, Sudan’s longtime defense minister who became the de facto leader after al-Bashir’s ouster, stepped down just a day after taking control. Ibn Auf’s record was also tarnished by his role in Darfur, and protesters rejected his leadership as a continuation of al-Bashir’s regime.

Ibn Auf was replaced with by Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, who served as the chief of ground forces for the Sudanese military. He oversaw Sudan’s role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, according to Reuters, and has close ties to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, which largely seem pleased with his appointment.

On Saturday, Salah Abdallah Gosh, al-Bashir’s powerful intelligence chief, also resigned. Advocates say Gosh was behind the security crackdowns against protesters, who’ve been demonstrating against the government since December. The United Nations had named Gosh on a list of Sudanese officials who participated in the genocide in Darfur, though he also had ties to the CIA.

The consequences of these shake-ups within the Sudanese military ruling council are still unclear — and it’s hard to gauge how much is coming from protester pressure versus internal power struggles within the military.

What happens next in Sudan is still unclear

Burhan is something of a wild card, as he hasn’t been a public figure in the same way as Ibn Auf has.

Burhan assured protesters on Saturday that he was committed to taking down al-Bashir’s regime, and he announced other personnel shifts within the military and security services. He also said he would lift the 10 pm curfew that had been imposed by his predecessor, though protesters had largely ignored it anyway.

The military ruling council followed up on Sunday by saying it was committed to appointing a civilian prime minister and cabinet to help run the country during the transition from al-Bashir’s rule, with the military ceding control of all but two ministries: defense and the interior. The military had previously said it would maintain control during a two-year transition period, after which it would hold elections.

But these apparent concessions will satisfy the demands of protesters, who want to see an immediate move to a civilian government and still believe al-Bashir loyalists are entrenched within the military and security establishments.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), one of the main groups organizing the protests, has encouraged demonstrators to continue rallying outside military headquarters until their demands are met. Protesters say the military tried to break up the demonstrations on Monday, and called for more people to join the resistance.

“We hope that everyone will head immediately to the areas of the sit-in to protect your revolution and your accomplishments,” the SPA said, according to the Guardian.

For now, the standoff between protesters and the new government continues. The African Union, a consortium of African countries, has demanded that the Sudanese military turn over power to civilian-led authorities within 15 days, and the US, UK, and Norway have issued calls for an “orderly transition to civilian rule.”

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Digital Trends Live – 3.25.19 – Apple Is Staking Its Claim As News & Streaming Aggregator

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Live streaming the Apple Event starting at 10am PT but before that on today’s episode: Apple started its stream on Sunday with a bunch of randomness – PR stunt in front of today’s announcements, Nintendo plans to launch two new Switch consoles, shoppers spend big money while drunk – mostly on Amazon, Burger King burns competition with new A.R. app, musicians can sell licensing futures on Royalty Exchange platform, Automotive news: eMini, Mercedes-Benz in-car eCommerce platform and self-driving cars no one wants, and sell your house commission free with Top Offer.

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32 Purrfect Cat Photos That Can Heal You After a Hard Day

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It’s believed that interacting with animals can help boost our mood and even cure illnesses. The way they behave, the way they look, and even the way they move can leave anyone in awe. The photos of the adorable and lovely cats that our article contains are no exception, because they can make any day brighter.

Bright Side adores animals, and cats in particular, therefore, we are eager to share with you some photos of cats that will definitely make your day.

1. “My cat on his first days in my home”

2. “Don’t I look more adorable when I’m upside down?”

3. “A very good morning to everyone”

4. 3 Musketeers

5. “Did you say you don’t like black or grey?”

6. “Taking my first steps”

7. “Which of my 3 colors do you like the most?”

8. A hat full of happiness…Jump in!

9. “Did you say there is no more milk left in the fridge?”

10. “I’m coming!”

11. Sleeping beauty

12. “My new kitten has the biggest ears.”

13. “Are you leaving? Can you take me with you, pleeeease?”

14. “You didn’t need the sink, did you?”

15. “Do I look nice with this flower crown?”

16. Copy cat

17. “What a nice day!”

18. Stairway to heaven

19. “Were you expecting to see another present under your Christmas tree?”

20. “This is Nala, she gave us quite a scare when we couldn’t find her anywhere.”

21. “Urgent hugs, guys!”

22. “What do you want from me, human?”

23. “Can I have some more milk? Pleeeease!”

24. “I just can’t… put my cup in the holder now.”

25. “Do you want to play hide-and-seek?”

26. A fluffy batty bat

27. “5 more minutes, please”

28. “Because we are a couple.”

29. The level of sweetness = +100500

30. Ah, those paws!

31. Morning stretches

32. Loveliness overload

Do you have super sweet photos of your pets? We would be glad to see their pics in the comments!

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These Spring Hair Trends are Taking Over—Here’s All the Inspiration You Need

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Spring breathes fresh life into everything around it. And why shouldn’t our dull winter hair get the same deal?

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