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Activist: Sudan protest leaders meet with military rulers

A Sudanese activist says leaders of the protest movement are holding talks with the military council.

Ahmed Rabie, a leader at the Sudanese Professionals Association which is behind the protests, tells The Associated Press that Saturday's meeting is the third that they have with the new rulers since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir earlier this month.

Rabie says they want to speed up the transition of power to a civilian government that would rule for four years.

A protester plays music at the sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Protesters are demanding that the military, which ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir last week and set up a military council to run the country for a maximum of two years, give up power immediately. (AP PhotosSalih Basheer)

Sudan's military ousted al-Bashir following four months of street protests against his rule, then appointed a military council it says will rule for no more than two years while elections are organized.

Protesters fear the army, dominated by al-Bashir appointees, will cling to power or select one of its own to succeed him.

Protesters dance at the sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Protesters are demanding that the military, which ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir last week and set up a military council to run the country for a maximum of two years, give up power immediately. (AP PhotosSalih Basheer)

A protester plays music at the sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Protesters are demanding that the military, which ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir last week and set up a military council to run the country for a maximum of two years, give up power immediately. (AP PhotosSalih Basheer)

Rapid support forces guard the entrance of the military headquarters during a sit-in protest outside in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Protesters are demanding that the military, which ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir last week and set up a military council to run the country for a maximum of two years, give up power immediately. (AP PhotosSalih Basheer)

A group of protesters wait for the sunrise during a sit-in protest outside in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Protesters are demanding that the military, which ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir last week and set up a military council to run the country for a maximum of two years, give up power immediately. (AP PhotosSalih Basheer)

Rapid support forces guard the entrance of the military headquarters during a sit-in protest outside in Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Protesters are demanding that the military, which ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir last week and set up a military council to run the country for a maximum of two years, give up power immediately. (AP PhotosSalih Basheer)