UK FM says he's against military rule in Sudan

Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans and wave their national flag on Monday

Ouf, on a US sanctions list for Darfur genocide along with his former boss al-Bashir, was sworn in on Friday as head of the new military transitional council that has taken charge for the next two years.

The abrupt changes in Sudan present the same dilemma that protest organizers have been facing for decades: How do they dismantle the cabal of military leaders ruling the country? Military officials say he is under house arrest in the capital, Khartoum, and will be tried for unspecified crimes by Sudanese courts.

The leader of Sudan's interim military council has vowed to "uproot the regime" two days after a military coup.

Soon after the protests organised by the Sudanese Professionals Association began a week ago, a distressed Mr Bashir intimated to his inner circle that Mr Auf was his choice for a successor.

A growing economic crisis has gripped the country since the oil-rich southern part split away in 2011, and Thursday's coup followed months of unrest over rising prices.

Sudanese police confirmed the figure on Friday, though saying that the 16 people were killed by "stray bullets".

Mr Bashir is the subject of an worldwide arrest warrant issued by the global Criminal Court (ICC), over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region.

Protest leaders dismissed the transitional military council as the "same old faces" from a regime which led the country into multiple conflicts, worsening poverty and ever-widening social inequality.

The military council had announced a two-year transition period, but Sudan's United Nations envoy told the Security Council in NY that this could be shortened "depending on developments on the ground and agreements between stakeholders".

The minister also announcedthe suspension of the Constitution, the dissolution of the National Assembly and a three-month state of emergency for three months.

Protesters said they were particularly distrustful of Mr Abnouf, who announced the coup on Thursday and until Friday headed the new military transitional council.

"Only a credible and inclusive political process can meet the aspirations of the Sudanese people and lead to the political and economic reforms the country needs", said European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in a written statement.

"We are not greedy for power", he said. We are here to provide an all-inclusive umbrella.

He asked citizens to help ensure safety and public order. "We came.to guide the country forward".

Why are protesters so wary?

The lesignation came one day after Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf - who announced the president's ouster - quit as head of the military council and appointed Burhan in his place.

Few see him handing over power to a civilian government after the promised two years of transition although he said his government would have 'representation of the people'.

Reacting to the military's conciliatory statement on Friday, Khartoum resident Tagreed Abdin told the BBC she was not reassured.

Despite the initial euphoria, over Bashir's forced departure, which swept through the streets of the capital Khartoum doubts are now emerging with opposition forces refusing to deal with the army and on Thursday urging sit-ins to continue, the Sudan Tribune reported.

Analysts said Bashir's overthrow in a "palace coup" made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect.

What is the reaction overseas?

Mahamat further appealed for an inclusive dialogue to create the conditions that will enable the aspirations of the Sudanese people to be met.

Mahamat said the AU's Peace and Security Council would be meeting to consider the situation and take the appropriate decisions.

It would last at most two years, he said, until elections could be held and civilian rule introduced.

Media captionSudan protests: So what's going on?

The African Union condemned the military takeover.

Russia, which twice hosted Mr Bashir despite the worldwide travel ban he faced, called for calm.

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