Canada added its voice Friday to countries calling for the Sudanese military to step aside and allow a transition to a civilian-run government, Anadolu Agency reports.
“We echo the statement of the African Union Commission that a military council goes against the principles of the African Union Charter,” Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, said in a statement.
“A transition to a civilian government is essential.”
Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf, the head of Sudan’s transitional military council, announced Friday that following the coup he led to depose leader Omar al-Bashir, he would step down.
But he also picked Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his successor, as the Sudanese constitution was suspended. Large demonstrations were held in the streets because people feared the military leaders were too close to Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes.
The army has said it would stay in power for two years and then allow elections to determine Sudan’s future.
But Canada and others said the Sudanese people deserve to have their will served now.