The Head of Sudan’s Military Transitional Council Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan has said that the army will not use force against protesters who want it to leave power.

Burhan spoke as African leaders extended their ultimatum for the military to organise a return to civilian rule. The army had warned it would remove protesters camped outside its headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. He added that the military had taken control to ensure security in the country.

Lieutenant General Burhan added that he is willing to hand over power within days if a consensus can be reached with civilian groups.

Meanwhile, African leaders meeting in Egypt have agreed to extend the African Union’s, AU fifteen-day deadline, for the Transitional Military Council to give power to civilians, to three months.

Failure to meet the AU’s deadline could see Sudan suspended from the continental body, a situation that would complicate its political and economic crisis.

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