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Sudan's third leader in three days vows to uproot old regime

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"The UAE reaffirms its support for the steps taken by Sudan's transitional military council to protect people and property, wishing these steps would ensure security and stability for the sisterly country".

The transitional council spokesman told a news conference in Khartoum on Sunday the military was ready to work with opposition groups to establish a new civilian government.

Koutsis, for his part, welcomed the role of the military council in achieving stability, stressing the importance of continued cooperation between the two sides to enhance the Sudanese-American relations, it said.

Moreover, Sudan's former ruling National Congress Party (NCP) demanded on Saturday that the military council, which took over after this week's coup, release toppled president Bashir and other senior members.

But while celebrating the fall of Bashir and then Ibn Ouf - a defence minister and long-time close aide of the deposed president - protesters remain cautious.

Rights group Amnesty International on Saturday urged the military council to examine Ghosh's actions during a crackdown against protesters during the final weeks of Bashir's rule. The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests, posted a nine-point list of demands earlier in the day.

Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum overnight after Ibn Auf's resignation.

"The reason for the changes in Sudan is the pressure from protesters and pressures within the army, and the fear among military commanders of a split in the armed forces".

The protests were sparked late previous year by price hikes and shortages but quickly escalated into an Arab Spring-inspired uprising against al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 Islamist-backed military coup.

A former military intelligence chief, Ibn Ouf remains under United States sanctions for his role in the regime's brutal response to an ethnic minority rebellion which erupted in the western region of Darfur in 2003.

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Talks between protest leaders and Sudan's new rulers were followed Sunday by a meeting between Washington's top envoy to Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, and the military council's deputy.

Burhan is a career soldier who comes with less baggage from Bashir's deeply unpopular rule than Ibn Ouf.

"UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has directed to communicate with Sudan's transitional military council to explore the prospects of accelerating aid for the brotherly people of Sudan", said WAM.

Outside the Middle East, the formation of a military government to replace Bashir has met with widespread criticism.

It said they died "at the hands of regime forces and its shadow militias".

"We need to see a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership", said Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Riyadh also announced a package of humanitarian aid, including petroleum products, wheat and medicines.

Speaking on television, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan announced the restructuring of state institutions, the end of a night curfew and the release of political prisoners.

The International Criminal Court has longstanding arrest warrants against Bashir for suspected war crimes during the regime's brutal campaign of repression in Darfur, where a decade-and-a-half of conflict has killed 300,000 people.

The military council also said it would not extradite Mr Bashir to face the ICC charges - which he denies.

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