Sudanese military cancels agreements with opposition, calls for general elections

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The military's move came after a weeks-long standoff with protesters seeking a speedy transition to civilian rule following the April ouster of long-time strongman Omar al-Bashir.

Pro-democracy leaders have called on people to take part in night marches and block the main roads as part of "total civil disobedience" to "paralyse public life" across the country.

The only way to rule Sudan is through "the ballot box," al-Burhan said in an address on state TV. If the transition moves in this direction with the army using brutal force to cling on to its power and defend the entrenched interests of the clique that surrounded Bashir, Sudan risks descending into violent instability.

"DFCF agreed with a large majority to this agreement presented by the TMC and we were meant to hold an expanded meeting last night to reach a final agreement", Degair said.

He called for the worldwide community and the UN Security Council not to recognize Burhan or the military authorities and put pressure on the generals to hand over power to a civilian-led authority.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the use of excessive force by Sudan's security forces against protesters and called for an independent investigation into deaths from the violence.

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Britain's ambassador to Sudan, Irfan Siddiq, also called for an end to the violence.

On Monday, the alliance pulled out of the talks after an attack on protesters at the sit-in outside military headquarters left at least 30 dead and hundreds of others wounded.

Rapid Support Forces vehicles were patrolling the streets in Omdurman, on the other side of the River Nile from Khartoum, and firing into the air.

The Military council decides on...cancelling what was agreed on and stopping negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change.

A spokesman for the military council denied that the security forces were clearing away the protest camp, saying that the forces were merely trying to disperse "unruly" elements near the sit-in camp area.

Unrest has rocked Sudan since December, when rising bread prices and food shortages sparked sustained protests, which resulted in the armed forces removing President Omar al-Bashir in April.

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An AP journalist saw protesters still building up barricades in the suburbs of Khartoum, even as security forces in the city centre were not allowing any access to the former sit-in site, setting up checkpoints around the area.

The crackdown has elicited strong reactions from the worldwide community, who are holding the TMC fully responsible for what has happened.

In a separate statement also released by Dujarric, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called the peaceful demonstrations in Sudan "an inspiration" as the protesters worked "to engage with the Transitional Military Council".

"We reject all that was stated in (Transitional Military Council Head Abdel Fattah) al-Burhan's statement", said Madani Abbas Madani, a leading figure in the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces opposition alliance.

Calling for an "immediate and transparent investigation" to hold all those responsible accountable, he appealed to the the TMC and protest leaders to return "urgently" to negotiations. General Dagalo, known as Hemedti, is a close ally of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and sent Sudanese troops to join the coalition they lead in Yemen's civil war.

The military raid against protestors at the sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum on June 3 marked the latest sign of violence and instability amid Sudan's hard transition.

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Protesters meanwhile remain in the streets demanding that the military yield power to a civilian authority.