Thousands of people packed the streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday to protest against the army's announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, a Reuters witness said.
The mood among protesters who earlier celebrated Bashir's expected departure had turned to anger, and many chanted, "Fall, again!" -- adapting an earlier anti-Bashir chant of "Fall, that's all!".
The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), Sudan's main protest group rejected the defence minister's statement, describing it as a “coup d’etat” that will reproduce the same “faces" of the ousted regime.
“Those who destroyed the country and killed the people are seeking to steal every drop of blood and sweat that the Sudanese people poured in their revolution ” their statement read.
The group called on all Sudanese to join the protesters to continue with their sit-in in front of the headquarters of the general command of the armed forces until civilian leadership is in place.