Sudan protesters tone down demands in standoff with military

Sudan protesters tone down demands in standoff with military
Protesters carry posters in Arabic that say, "Freedom, justice, and peace, and the revolution is the choice of the people," at the sit-in outside the military headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Sudan's protesters are holding a mass rally to step up pressure on the military to hand power to civilians following last month's overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese protesters have toned down some of their demands in an attempt to ease tensions with the ruling military council that took over the country after ousting President Omar al-Bashir last month.

The protesters, who had rallied for over four months against al-Bashir’s 30-year rule, are demanding the military hand over power to civilians.

They have been holding a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum and have also been negotiating with the council on the makeup of a transitional sovereign council for an interim period. Both sides insist they should have the majority of seats in the transitional council.

The Forces of the Declaration for Freedom and Change, a coalition led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, released a new proposal Thursday that altogether drops the issue of seat allocations.