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Sudan’s ousted PM Hamdok and army are still in talks

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the High Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson, has come to Sudan to mediate between the parties to find a solution to the country’s political turmoil.

Local media said that the UN ambassador to Sudan, Volker Peretz, said there are “semi-final” signals of a resolution to the situation, but that no effort will be taken without former Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

Peretz told Al-Sudani that no plan would move forward without Hamdok since “he is the prime minister and has not resigned from his position.”

“It is wonderful that the Sudanese army commander-in-chief (General Abdel-Fattah Burhan) did not nominate a prime minister and a new cabinet,” he said.

According to what the former Sudanese government’s Ministry of Information quoted from Hamdok’s office on Wednesday, Abdullah Hamdok announced his adherence to the conditions for releasing all detainees in (recent events) and returning institutions in Sudan before October 25, before engaging in any dialogue.

Sources: The talks between Hamdok and the Sudanese army are still underway, and no deal has yet been reached.

According to sources close to Abdullah Hamdok, the Sudanese army is still talking with him to restore his position as prime minister.
The Sudanese troops showed “control” during Saturday’s protests, according to a US delegation.

Jeffrey Feltman, the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, said on Tuesday that the Sudanese army responded with “restraint” to Saturday’s rallies, indicating the potential of resuming power-sharing with civilians.

On October 25, Feltman talked to reporters by phone from Washington on the ramifications of the events in Sudan, contradicting a prior account about his trip to Sudan.

The number of dead and wounded was “quite substantial,” according to Feltman, but “in general, the security forces exhibited restraint,” and protesters moved away from critical military locations, reducing the risk of bloodshed.

“I think that showed a realization on the part of the Sudanese people themselves that they have to be vigilant and find a way to return to the civil-military partnership that this transition requires,” he continued, repeating the US call for Sudanese army chief Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to restore the civilian-led government.

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