Sudan's Burhan ready to hand over power 'only to an elected government'

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Feb 2022

General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, the head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereignty Council, said on Thursday that "the armed forces and political sides are committed not to hand over the power except to those who come through elections or political consensus."

Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan
File Photo: Sudan s head of the military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, speaks during a press conference at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. AP

Al-Burhan told Reuters in an interview in early December that Sudan's military will exit politics after elections scheduled for 2023. 

Al-Burhan is also the general commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces.

According to the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA), Al-Burhan "stressed the need to direct arms to protect the borders of the homeland, and safeguard the return of refugees from Darfur to their villages and to deter all outlaws."

Al-Burhan added that "no one can outbid the sacrifices of the armed forces in all parts of the country."

He saluted the sacrifices of the forces of the Sixth infantry Division, saying they are the main force responsible for implementing the decisions of the Joint Supreme Council for security arrangements to achieve peace and stability in the country.

Al-Burhan warned "of the need to confront the campaigns of misinformation, fabrication and lying through social media that are harmful to the security of the country, and which must be viewed with prudence, a conscious ear, and through a purely patriotic spirit."

Meanwhile, according to SUNA, Lieutenant-General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo Ali, the vice-president of the transitional council, said that "affirming the prestige of the state is an urgent necessity required by the circumstances the country is going through, in order to achieve security and tranquillity for the citizens."

Daglo warned of "infiltrators whose goal is to sow division and diaspora, fuel strife and destabilize the country."

For his part, Minni Arko Minawi, the governor of Darfur, welcomed the decisions taken by the Joint Higher Council for Security Arrangements, stressing the importance of completing the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement.

On 25 October, the armed forces took over power and suspended Sudan's two-year-old transition to democratic rule, which started after the ousting in a popular uprising of former autocrat Omar Al-Bashir in April 2019.

Al-Burhan has since insisted that the military takeover "was not a coup" but only meant to "rectify the course of the Sudanese transition.”

In late November 2021, Prime Minister Hamdok resigned his post, warning that the country was now at a "dangerous crossroads threatening its very survival."

His resignation came just two weeks after his release from house arrest at the time of the military takeover and reinstatement to the post of prime minister.

Egypt has urged all Sudanese parties to select a new transitional prime minister consensually and to form a government in the nearest time possible.

Cairo has also expressed its readiness to support a new Sudanese government by all possible means, stressing that "the security and stability of Sudan are integral for those of Egypt and the region."

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