Sudanese Military says it Won't release President al-Bashir to ICC

Sudanese demonstrators march with national flags as they gather during a rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday

Sudan's ruling military council announced earlier on Friday that it would run the country during a pre-election transition period of up to two years.

Mr Zein Abedeen said Sudanese courts would hold al-Bashir "accountable, ' but did not specify what charges he could be prosecuted on".

The foreign ministry expressed in a statement "full support" for the "brotherly" Sudanese people and their "loyal" army to "overcome the challenges of this critical stage.in order to achieve stability, prosperity and development". He was one of the generals who went to meet protesters at the week-long encampment near the military headquarters and listened to their views.

Many were preparing to defy a night-time curfew for the second time, denouncing Ibn Ouf's leadership as a military coup.

Sudanese forces celebrate on Thursday after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power.

The African Union has criticised the military take-over in Sudan following the toppling of Omar al-Bashir. It is important to recall that the army's intervention in the region has not resulted in democratic transitions as experienced in Egypt, where the army took control of both politics and the economy after a coup.

Yet Bashir, has warrants of arrest by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on his head over genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

Sudan's transitional military council will delay meeting with political parties and forces until a later unspecified date, state news agency SUNA said on Friday.

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".

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Speaking when he met Bashir's Deputy Osman Mohammed Yousif at the Nairobi State House, Uhuru said that Kenya would help Bashir and Sudan regain their footing from the crisis.

Sudan's last elected prime minister, opposition Umma party leader, Sadiq al-Mahdi, who was overthrown by Bashir in a military coup in 1989, was expected to address supporters after prayers at one of Omdurman's most revered mosques.

For almost a week, tens of thousands of demonstrators have held a sit-in outside the military's headquarters in central Khartoum, the capital.

A day after his removal, al-Bashir was in custody, a senior figure in the military council, Gen. Omar Zein Abedeen, told reporters.

There "will be a civilian government and we will not intervene in its composition", he vowed. China said it would continue to seek cooperation with Sudan regardless of the political situation.

Why now? Bashir was removed after months of anti-regime protests, with the military abandoning him and siding with those seeking his downfall.

The U.S. State Department has called on the Sudanese military to "follow the will of the people" and "commit to the speedy handover to civilian rule".

He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place.

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