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Sudan’s Al-Burhan is ready to hand over power to only elected authority

Sudan's Al-Burhan is ready to hand over power to only elected authority

The head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, expressed, on Saturday, his readiness for a dialogue on “a new transitional period in the event of a national consensus between the political forces in the country,”.

He referred to the army’s commitment to holding general elections in mid-2023, preferring not to extend the transitional period.

Al-Burhan said, during an interview with Sudanese state television, that the army will leave the political arena if elections or a national consensus take place.

The head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council explained that “the constitutional document was one of the problems because it was signed between two parties and excluded the rest,”

Al-Burhan noted that “Each party wants to build a future according to its desire, and this is rejected for us as soldiers.”

Since the procedures of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council on October 25, the course of the transitional phase in the country, which was agreed upon between the military and civil forces in August 2019, has been disrupted, months after the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in the same year, following popular protests that lasted for 4 months.

The head of the Transitional Sovereign Council continued: “What we took on October 25 was a necessity dictated by the security conditions surrounding Sudan internally and externally,” adding: “Our role will be limited in the future vision of the armed forces if the national forces agree.”

He added that there are “doubts about other parties that practice murder, and there are groups that are being investigated,” pointing to the political council’s commitment to “dismantling any domination of state institutions.”

The Sudanese Resistance Committees are constantly organizing protests that have attracted hundreds of thousands to participate, while at least 80 people were killed, and more than two thousand were injured in security campaigns against the demonstrations, according to a statement by the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

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