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New military council leader promises civilian government for Sudan

It's estimated that there are about 1.9 million Christians in Sudan of a population of 41.5 million. With limited rights under the regime of al-Bashir, Open Doors' World Watch List reported this year that they have faced "constant pressure and discrimination" in the past few years with numerous worship buildings demolished and the arrest and intimidation of many Christian leaders. Christians who have converted from Islam are particularly targeted for persecution. The World Council of Churches has called for restraint and for military authorities to refrain from violence in the aftemath of the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir."

Khartoum, Apr. 15.– The new head of Sudan's military council said on Saturday a civilian government would be formed after consultations with the opposition and promised the transition period would last for a Sudanese military officers joins demonstrators as they celebrate after the Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country's transitional ruling military councilmaximum of two years.

Protesters, however, kept up the pressure for rapid change following the overthrow of long-ruling autocrat President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday.

In his first televised address, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman cancelled a night curfew and ordered the release of all prisoners jailed under emergency laws put in place by Bashir before his downfall.

During a meeting between the transitional military council and a coalition of opposition groups, including protest organisers, the protesters demanded that civilians be included in the council, opposition activists who were briefed about the meeting said.

They will submit names of suggested members on Sunday ...

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