The Transitional Military Council (TMC) said it broadly agreed with the draft but that it neglected some important issues such as a reference to Islamic sharia as a source for legislation. But the opposition groups' umbrella body, the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), said sharia was not a matter for the interim constitution, and that the TMC response would in effect give the military control of a proposed interim government.
"We call for and prepare for civil disobedience," Madani Abbas Madani, a DFCF leader, told a news conference in Khartoum. Thousands of protesters have been camping outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum and, having secured a military overthrow of president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, are now demanding that the TMC hand over power to civilians.
The TMC has said it is willing to agree to a government of technocrats, but wants to retain overall control, pending elections, to prevent Sudan sliding into chaos. Khalid Omar Yousef, another protest leader, said the aim was not to start a confrontation with the military but to speed up efforts to resolve the impasse. (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz in Khartoum and Ali Abdelaty in Cairo and Nadine Awadalla in Khartoum; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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