The Sudanese Professionals Association reiterated its rejection of “bargains” aimed at resolving the crisis through a mined partnership with the army, arguing that it would be a re-enactment of the crisis and a continuation of the thorny problems, with the price being a retreat from the December revolution’s articulated benefits.
This comes as the “Reuters” news agency revealed that discussions with the army to settle Sudan’s political crisis had reached a “semi-dead end,” citing two sources inside the cabinet of deposed Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
The halted conversations, according to the two individuals, are due to “the army’s unwillingness to return to the road of democratic transition.”
The Sudanese army strengthened security measures and limited Hamdok’s interactions, according to the two individuals. They said that the new limitations made it difficult for Hamdok to organize meetings or build political contacts.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s army leader, claimed the army intervened due to political turmoil and the threat of civil war. The military, he maintains, is still committed to the transition and elections set for 2023.
UN-led mediation efforts are attempting to reinstall Hamdok as prime minister of an all-technocratic administration.
Preconditions outlined by Hamdok include the release of incarcerated civilian leaders and a resumption of the democratic process that began when President Omar al-Bashir was deposed in 2019.
This comes as a high-level team from the League of Arab States arrives in Khartoum this evening to help settle Sudan’s “crisis” through mediation efforts between the military and civilians, nearly two weeks after the army disbanded the transitional government institutions.
Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Sudanese army commander, announced a state of emergency in the country on October 25, dissolving the Sovereignty Council, which he led, and the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
Since the revelation of these choices, there has been a surge of demonstrations around the nation, particularly in the capital, with people stopping streets and proclaiming civil disobedience.