Khartoum — Sudan's ruling military council on Friday promised that the country would have a new civilian government, a day after the armed forces overthrew President Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power. The council, which is now running Sudan under defence minister Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, said it expected a pre-election transition period it announced on Thursday to last two years at most or much less if chaos could be avoided. The council also announced that it would not extradite Bashir to face allegations of genocide at the international war crimes court. Instead, he would go on trial in Sudan. Friday's announcement of a civilian government by the head of the military council's political committee, Gen Omar Zain al-Abideen, appeared aimed at reassuring demonstrators who took to the streets to warn against imposing army rule after Bashir's overthrow. Abideen pledged that the military council would not interfere with the civilian government. However, he said the defence and ...

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