Sudan : US envoy confirms support for the civil transition

Sudan : The US envoy confirms support for the civil transition, and the sit-ins are determined to escalate to dissolve the government

The US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, called on Sudan's leaders to cooperate in implementing the constitutional document, in light of an escalating crisis in the country, as protesters are looming in front of the Republican Palace to continue mobilizing and protesting until the government is dissolved.

The US embassy in Khartoum said via Twitter on Saturday evening that Feltman met in the Sudanese capital, the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, his deputy, Lieutenant-General Muhammad Hamdan Daglo "Hemedti", and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

The embassy stated that Feltman affirmed Washington's support for a civilian democratic transition in Sudan and urged all parties to renew their commitment to work together to implement the Constitutional Declaration, a document that civil forces and parties concluded with the army following the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir.

For its part, the Transitional Sovereignty Council said in a statement that Al-Burhan affirmed, during his meeting with Feltman, the armed forces' keenness to protect the transition, up to the stage of elections and democratic transition, and "not to allow any coup attempt from any party to obstruct the democratic transition process."

As for the Sudanese Council of Ministers, it confirmed in a statement that Hamdok's views match those of the American side regarding holding free and fair elections, through which the Sudanese people will choose their representatives at the end of the transitional period.

Two teams in the street

On Friday, the US State Department praised “hundreds of thousands of Sudanese who exercised their peaceful right to freedom of expression,” and called on members of the transitional authority in Sudan to “respond to the will of the people,” a day after demonstrations took place in Khartoum and other Sudanese cities to support the government and reject military rule in exchange for a sit-in. He has been in front of the Republican Palace for a week to demand the dissolution of the government.

Ismail Gallab, a leader in the "Forces of Freedom and Change - National Charter Group" alliance, said that he did not give up on dissolving the government.

He added - in a speech to him in the sit-in square in front of the Republican Palace - that if the government is not dissolved, the coalition will mobilize people from the states to Khartoum.

conflicting statements

There were conflicting statements from Khartoum on Saturday regarding a supposed agreement to dissolve the Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers to get out of the current political crisis.

The media office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said that the information published about the dissolution of the Council of Ministers was inaccurate in stating the positions of the various parties.

The office stated that Hamdok does not have the right to decide the fate of the transition institutions, and he continues his contacts and meetings with various parties.

He added that Hamdok met on Friday with the military component of the Sovereignty Council, as well as representatives of the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change, and that the goal of all these meetings is to protect the democratic civil transition process and protect the country's security and safety.

On the other hand, Mona Arko Minawi, governor of the Darfur region and a prominent leader in the "National Charter" wing of the Forces of Freedom and Change, said that the heads of the Sovereignty Council and the Ministers agreed to dissolve the two councils.

And media sources quoted Minawi as saying that "Al-Burhan and Hamdok agreed to dissolve the government in its two councils, and they differed in the procedures."

On the other hand, a member of the Sovereignty Council, Muhammad Suleiman al-Faki, said that dissolving the Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers is not possible through normal political methods and the constitutional document, denying Minawi's statements.

Al-Faki added that the desire of Al-Burhan and Manawi is clear from the first day, which is to reshape the political scene according to their new alliance, according to him. 

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