Sudans military rulers have suspended talks on moving towards civilian government until protesters clear roadblocks in the capital Khartoum, opposition leaders say.An opposition alliance said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) was demanding barricades be removed. The setback comes hours after the TMC and the opposition agreed a three-year transition period to civilian rule.Shots were fired on Wednesday as soldiers tried to clear barricades.Protesters in Khartoum said at least nine people were wounded, but that figure could not be verified. Similar violence on Monday left at least six people dead and protesters say those responsible must be held to account. Sudan has been run by the military council since long-time President Omar al-Bashir was toppled last month, but it has struggled to return the country to normality.Protesters emboldened by Mr Bashirs downfall have continued to stage a huge sit-in outside military headquarters in the capital, demanding full civilian government.What do opposition leaders say?Rashid al-Sayid, a spokesman for the opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change, told AFP news agency: "The military council has suspended the talks. They asked us to dismantle barricades in parts of the capital."Another opposition leader, Ahmed Rabie, confirmed the talks had stalled, saying the military wanted roads in Khartoum and elsewhere reopened before it returned to the negotiating table.The military has not commented.
What has already been agreed?At a joint news conference on Tuesday night, TMC spokesman Lt Gen Yasser al-Atta said a deal had been struck for a three-year transition period to civilian administration.He said a final agreement on power sharing would be signed with the opposition alliance within 24 hours. That would include forming a sovereign council which will rule the country until elections.Gen Atta said the opposition alliance would have two-thirds of the seats on a 300-member transitional legislative council, while the rest would be taken by other groups.Earlier, protest movement spokesman Taha Osman said the sides had agreed on the structure of future authorities - a sovereign council, a cabinet and a legislative body.What is the background?In December, demonstrators took to the streets over a government decision to triple the price of bread. The protests soon grew into widespread anger against the presidents 30-year rule.Five weeks into the protests, on 17 January, witnesses said state forces had fired live ammunition at protesters and killed a doctor.
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He had been treating injured protesters in his home in Khartoum when police reportedly fired tear gas into the building. He was one of dozens of people killed during the anti-government unrest.As anger mounted, protesters staged a sit-in from 6 April outside military headquarters in Khartoum to demand the army force the president out.Why Sudan is shooting medics
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Five days later, the president was overthrown by the military.A military council assumed power on 11 April, but demonstrators stayed put, insisting that it transfer authority to a civilian administration.Initially, talks between the ruling generals and the protest organisers had shown little sign of progress.
Road to transition
19 December 2018 - Protests erupt after fuel and bread price rises announced20 December - Demonstrators in the capital, Khartoum, strike an anti-government tone chanting "freedom, peace, justice"22 February 2019 - President Omar al-Bashir declares a state of emergency and dissolves the government24 February - Protests continue as security forces respond by firing live bullets6 April - Activists begin sit-in at military headquarters in Khartoum vowing not to move until Mr Bashir steps down11 April - army generals announce that Mr Bashir has been toppled but sit-in continues as people demand civilian rule17 April - Mr Bashir is taken to a prison in Khartoum20 April - Talks between the military rulers and civilian representatives begin13 May - Shooting outside the military headquarters leaves six people dead14 May - Military and civilians announce a deal on a three-year transition period
Where is Omar al-Bashir? The ousted leader has not been seen in public since he was removed from office. He was reportedly moved from the presidential palace to a high security prison in Khartoum, but the BBC has not verified these reports.
On Monday, Mr Bashir was charged with incitement and involvement in the killing of protesters.The charges stem from an inquiry into the death of the doctor shot dead during the 17 January protests. He is also facing an investigation over allegations of money laundering and terror financing.