Sudanese protesters have toned down some of their demands in an attempt to ease tensions with the ruling military council that took over the country after ousting President Omar al-Bashir last month.

The protesters, who had rallied for over four months against al-Bashir’s 30-year rule, are demanding the military hand over power to civilians.

They have been holding a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum and have also been negotiating with the council on the makeup of a transitional sovereign council for an interim period. Both sides insist they should have the majority of seats in the transitional council.

A group of protesters from the ministry of irrigation march at the sit-in outside the military headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, May 2, 2019. They expressed support for  a million-person march called for by a coalition led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, as talks with the military council reached a deadlock over the role of the generals in the transitional period. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)
A group of protesters from the ministry of irrigation march at the sit-in outside the military headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, May 2, 2019. They expressed support for a million-person march called for by a coalition led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, as talks with the military council reached a deadlock over the role of the generals in the transitional period. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)

The Forces of the Declaration for Freedom and Change, a coalition led by the Sudanese Professionals Association, released a new proposal Thursday that altogether drops the issue of seat allocations.

Sudanese protesters wave national flags at the sit-in outside the military headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Sudan's protesters are holding a mass rally to step up pressure on the military to hand power to civilians following last month's overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)
Sudanese protesters wave national flags at the sit-in outside the military headquarters, in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Sudan’s protesters are holding a mass rally to step up pressure on the military to hand power to civilians following last month’s overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir. (AP Photos/Salih Basheer)

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