Sudan faces political uncertainty after coup

Sudan is facing political uncertainty as the head of the interim military council resigned a day after being sworn in late on Thursday following the ouster and arrest of long-time president Omar al-Bashir, above, in a coup.

Jubilant people who poured on to the streets of Khartoum to celebrate the fall of Bashir are angry now. They want the military to give way for a civilian government.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which led nationwide protests, welcomed the resignation of Gen Awad Ibn Auf from the interim military council calling it victory of the people’s will.

Now the association wants Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhani Abdulrahman, who replaced Ibn Auf, to immediately transfer the powers of the military council to a transitional civilian government.

They do not want any of the old faces, who were part of the Bashir regime, to rule Sudan even provisionally.

Ibn Auf took office on Thursday saying that the political change is for the benefit of Sudan and people and the interim military council must work together. He assured the people that the council has no plans to permanently rule the country.

Although the council has set a two-year timeline for military rule, it promised to end the same if an early solution is found for the political crisis.

While stepping down, Ibn Auf said Burhani, the man who would replace him as head of the council, is capable of steering the nation through the transitional period.

People are not convinced. They have warned the military that street protests will continue until a civilian government is formed after free and fair elections.

Several countries including the US, EU and Britain have urged the interim military council to allow people to quickly form an inclusive, representative and civilian rule.

Political analysts fear the transition to democracy may be delayed because of the power struggle among the military officers.

For 30 years, Bashir was able to keep the ambitious military officers under check. With his ouster, the infighting in the military may come out in the open.