Sudanese military suspends talks demanding protesters to clear roadblocks

Sudanese military leaders suspends talks with protesters for three days on moving the country towards civilian rule demanding them to clear barricades outside a designated zone in capital city Khartoum.

The development comes hours after the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and protester leaders agreed a three-year transition period to civilian rule.

Shots were seen Wednesday being fired at the protesters to clear roadblocks. One of them was injured.

In similar violence on Monday six people were killed.

Since the long-time president Omar al-Bashir was oust in April the military council has taken over the rule promising to transfer power to civilian government.

However, the country has not returned to normality even after about one month.

In a televised address the TMC leader Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan said the move is for preparation of such as atmosphere that can complete the deal.

He urged the protesters to stop provoking security forces, open bridges and dismantle roadblocks.

The development comes hours after the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and protester leaders agreed a three-year transition period to civilian rule.

Opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change spokesman Rashid al-Sayid said, “The military council has told us that the protesters must dismantle the barricades and go back to the sit-in.”

TMC spokesman Lt Gen. Yasser al-Atta said Tuesday night a deal has been reached with the protesters for a three-year transition period of civilian rule.

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