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The Sudanese military junta agrees to hand over power to a civilian government

The Sudanese military junta agrees to hand over power to a civilian government

The democratic opposition has called an emergency meeting and denounces an intervention by the security forces

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The head of the Sovereign Transitional Council, the military junta that governs Sudan, Abdelfatá al Burhan, announced this Monday in a televised speech that the body he presides over will be dissolved after handing over power to a government agreed upon by civilian political forces.

Al Burhan has explained that the Army will not participate in the negotiations sponsored by the so-called tripartite mechanism, made up of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority for East African Development (IGAD) in order to trigger a transition to civilian rule.

Thus, he has urged the political forces to promote an “immediate serious dialogue” to “restore the unity of the Sudanese people” that allows “eliminating the specter of existential threats from the Sudanese state and that everyone returns to the democratic transition”, according to collects the newspaper ‘Sudan Ajbar’.

Once this agreement is reached, the Sovereign Transitional Council will be dissolved and a Security and Defense Council will be formed. The Armed Forces “will collaborate with the Sudanese people to achieve a national consensus” and has urged the Sudanese, “particularly the young”, to “defend peace” with respect for the “right to express each one’s opinion”.

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces has explained that this decision aims to “give the political forces an opportunity to dialogue and form a government.”

In addition, Al Burhan has mentioned the “martyrs” of the protests and has “regretted” these deaths “on all sides” and has promised that the Army will collaborate in the investigation of what happened so that justice is done.

MILITARY JUNTA “IN CLINICAL DEATH”

The civil coalition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) has announced an emergency meeting after learning of Al Burham’s announcement, without other reactions having emerged for the moment.

In one of the first reactions, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, one of the organizations that leads the opposition to the coup, has affirmed that this decision by Al Burham “is an acknowledgment of his fall”.

“We call on the revolutionaries to exercise the highest degree of caution and be careful (…) and prevent the coup forces from repeating their massacres,” he pointed out.

In addition, the Sudanese Central Committee of Physicians has reported that security forces have begun charging at protester gatherings in the capital Khartoum and its sister cities Khartoum North and Omdurman.

For his part, a person in charge of the Resistance Committees has described the withdrawal of the Army from the negotiations as “successful” and has called for support for the demonstrations, while the Communist Party of Sudan believes that the announcement confirms speculation about a agreement between the Army and some political formations.

The October 2021 coup d’état led to the dismissal of the civilian prime minister, Abdalá Hamdok, although international pressure led to an agreement to reinstate him in office in November, which caused him to lose support among the opposition and revolutionary forces.

However, Hamdok presented his resignation in January in protest against the repression of the mobilizations and after the military authorities expelled various civil groups from the Executive, arguing that they were acting against the interests of the State.

The transitional authorities were established after an agreement between the previous military junta, which emerged after the 2019 coup against Omar Hassan al Bashir, and various civil organizations and opposition political formations. This government had initiated a battery of social and economic reforms and has reached a peace agreement with major rebel groups in Darfur and other areas of the country.



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