Top general says Sudan’s military will not participate in politics after a civilian government is elected in 2023.
The Sudanese military chief stated that the army will withdraw from politics after the elections scheduled for 2023.
General Abdul Fatah Burhan made assurances in several interviews with international news agencies on Saturday.
The general led a military takeover in late October, overturning Sudan’s transition to civilian-led democracy, but the agreement reached on November 21 has already recover Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok will lead the technocratic cabinet until the July 2023 elections.
“When a government is elected, I don’t think the army, the armed forces, or any of the security forces will participate in politics. This is what we agreed, and this is a natural situation,” al-Burhan told Reuters.
After the long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown, the coup ended its partnership with civil political parties. After detaining dozens of key officials and suppressing protesters, the coup drew international condemnation.
The Neighborhood Resistance Committee and political parties call on the army to immediately withdraw from politics and Refused Any compromises, including deals with Hamdok. According to medical personnel, at least 44 people died during the demonstration, many of whom died from gunshot wounds by security forces.
“Investigations of protest victims have begun to find out who did it… and punish the criminals,” Burhan said, adding that the security forces only dispersed non-peaceful protests.
Bashir has been sentenced to jail after being overturned for corruption and other charges. Like several other Sudanese suspects, he is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for suspicion of committing war crimes in Darfur.
The civilian government disbanded in the coup has approved Bashir’s transfer, but the military has not yet agreed.
“We reached an understanding with the International Criminal Court to appear in court [of suspects] In front of the judiciary or the court,” al-Burhan said. “We have been in dialogue with the court on how to get the victim to do the right thing. “
After the coup, many civilian bureaucrats were fired or transferred and replaced by Bashir-era veterans in the decision Hamdock tried to make reverse.
Al-Burhan said on Saturday that Bashir’s former ruling party will not play a role in the transition.
“We will work together so that the Congress Party will not be part of the transition in any form,” he said.
Sudan is in a severe economic crisis, although it has already felt the influx of international economic support before most of the funds were suspended after the coup.
Al-Burhan said that he expects that support will return once a civilian government is established, which shows that the country will not reverse the reforms implemented in the past two years by restoring subsidies or reprinting money.
“The international community, including the African Union, is watching what will happen in the next few days,” he told AFP.
“I believe there are positive signs that things will recover [to how they were] soon. The formation of a civilian government will restore order to things. “
Although Western countries and the African Union have publicly opposed the coup, diplomats said that Russia, which is seeking to establish naval bases along the Red Sea coast of Sudan, has been establishing contacts with military leaders.
Al-Burhan told Reuters that the deal for the base has not yet been finalized.
“We want our relationship [with Russia] With the signing of this agreement, it will become stronger,” he said. “The negotiation is still going on, and we are working on the agreement until it becomes acceptable and legal. “