July 17, 2024

Sudan’s military will exit politics after the 2023 elections; Gen. Burhan

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Sudan’s military will exit politics after the 2023 elections and no politician from ousted Omar al-Bashir’s party will be in the transitional government

Sudan’s military will leave politics after the 2023 elections, according to General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who also stated that the overthrown former ruling party would have no role in the transition.

Following Mr. Burhan’s military takeover in late October, which threw Sudan’s transition to civilian-led democracy into disarray, a compromise was reached on November 21 to restore Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to lead a technocratic government until the general elections scheduled to take place in July 2023.

Following the removal of Omar al-Bashir, the coup, which ended a collaboration with civilian political parties, garnered worldwide condemnation for the incarceration of dozens of senior officials and crackdowns on protestors.

Neighborhood resistance committees and political parties have demanded that the military withdraws from politics immediately, rejecting any compromise, including the agreement with Mr. Hamdok.

According to physicians, at least 44 people have died as a result of demonstrations, many of them were shot by security personnel.

Mr. Bashir’s transition was approved by the civilian government, which was dissolved in the coup, but the military has yet to accept.

Mr. Bashir has been imprisoned since his downfall on corruption and other allegations, and he is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur, along with numerous other Sudanese suspects.

Mr. Burhan stated, “We have agreements with the International Criminal Court for the presentation (of suspects) before the judiciary or before the court.”

Many civilian administrators were removed or transferred following the coup, and Bashir-era veterans were replaced, moves Hamdok has sought to overturn.

Mr. Burhan stated that none of the political forces, including Mr. Bashir’s old ruling party, will be part of the transitional government.

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