Sudan Talks Suspended After Military Junta Withdraws

The "trilateral mechanism" - made up of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development - has announced the suspension of the dialogue that began on June 8, 2022.

This follows an announcement by the chairman of Sudan's Sovereignty Council and the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan Armed Forces, Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, that the military would no longer participate in the current national negotiations. The army commander said that the council would be dissolved after the formation of a new, independent government of technocrats. He stressed that the amry will not be a vehicle for any political party to rule the country, and that it will be committed to implementing the outcomes of this dialogue.

His announcement has been met with scepticism in Sudan, Radio Dabanga reports.

The transitional period began in August 2019, after the Forces for Freedom and Change signed a joint agreement with the military junta to rule the country by a joint military-civilian Sovereignty Council, ending in general elections. The same movements however supported the coup d'etat on October 25, 2021, when the military - commanded by El Burhan and RSF Commander Mohamed 'Hemeti' Dagalo - took power again. The pro-democratic members of the Council of Ministers headed by PM Abdallah Hamdok resigned in November. Hamdok announced his resignation on January 2, 2022.

 

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Central Khartoum Sudan in 2017.

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