Sudan: talks announced next week, under the auspices of the UN

The UN envoy to Sudan, Volker Perthes, announced on Saturday (January 8) the organization next week of talks between civilians and soldiers in Sudan with a view to resolving the crisis the country has been going through since the coup d’état of 25 October.

Discussions will be officially launched on Monday January 10 with a press conference. All stakeholders, civil and military, “Including armed movements, political parties, civil society, women’s groups and resistance committees”, will be gathered. The UN Security Council, for its part, is to hold an informal session on Wednesday January 12 to discuss the latest developments in Sudan.

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Resignation of the Prime Minister on January 2

The coup d’etat of general and army chief Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al-Bourhane on October 25, 2021 ended the transition to fully civilian rule in Sudan, nearly two years after the fall of Omar Al-Bashir, a dictator who remained in power for three decades. At least 60 people were killed and hundreds injured in the pro-democracy protests that followed the putsch, according to the Central Committee of Physicians, an independent association.

The League of Arab States in a statement welcomed the announcement of talks for “Facilitate Sudanese dialogue and resolve the difficulties facing the transition period”.

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Reinstalled by General Bourhane a month after the coup d’état and after a month of house arrest, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, civilian face of the transition, resigned on January 2 after another day of demonstrations killed three people. Since his resignation, the military have been the only ones in charge. General Bourhane, who has extended his term as head of the country for two years, promises elections for July 2023.

The FLC maintain their mobilization

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), spearhead of the revolt that ousted Bashir in 2019, announced in a press release that they had not received “No detail” on these talks from the UN but indicated that they would study the initiative once they are “Officially informed”. In the meantime, the FLC maintain their “Peaceful mass mobilization against the coup d’état of 25 October and for the establishment of a civil authority”.

The Arab League welcomed the UN initiative on Saturday, as did Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom who called in a joint statement. “All Sudanese political actors to seize this opportunity to restore the country’s transition” towards democracy.

The World with AFP

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Sudan: talks announced next week, under the auspices of the UN

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