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Sudan general sets red line: No civilian majority

A member of Sudan’s ruling military council has told BBC Newsday that the armed forces will not accept a civilian majority on an interim power- sharing council.

Lt-Gen Salah Abdelkhalek said that was a red line; he would perhaps go as far as equal representation, but no further.

Talks between the generals and the opposition Alliance For Freedom and Change about the make-up of an interim council remain deadlocked.

On Thursday, huge numbers again joined protests in the capital, Khartoum, calling for a civilian administration.

Lt-Gen Abdelkhalek also said he would be prepared to give an immediate amnesty to long-standing rebel leaders.

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