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Sudan's military calls for snap elections within nine months

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Sudan's military calls for snap elections within nine months

Sudan's military calls for snap elections within nine months

Sudan's Transitional Military Council said on Tuesday it had canceled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition and called for snap elections following deadly violence in the capital Khartoum after security forces moved to disperse the main protest camp outside the Defense Ministry.

Anna Bevan reports.

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Sudan's military calls for snap elections within nine months

Sudan's ruling military council has canceled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition and called for snap elections.

Tuesday's (June 4) announcement follows deadly violence on the streets of Khartoum, Monday (June 3), after security forces stormed the main protest camp.

At least 35 people were killed and more than a hundred injured, according to a group of doctors linked to the opposition.

It's the worst violence the country has seen since President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in April.

And, follows a breakdown in talks between the ruling Transitional Military Council and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces alliance.

The military council took over in April, promising a civilian government would be formed within two years, but its decision to call an election within nine months is likely to fuel anger among protest leaders.

They've demanded preparations for elections during a longer transitional period led by a civilian administration.

Speaking on national TV, the head of Sudan's military council said the opposition coalition was equally responsible for the talks ending in deadlock and said the only way to gain legitimacy was through the ballot box.

He also promised a full investigation into Monday's violence.




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