AU Urges ‘Immediate’ Talks Between Sudan’s Military, Civilians

  African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday called for the “immediate resumption” of dialogue between Sudan’s military and civilians after security forces detained senior … Continue reading AU Urges ‘Immediate’ Talks Between Sudan’s Military, Civilians


In this file photo taken on September 26, 2020, Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan speaks during the opening session of the First National Economic Conference in the capital Khartoum. Unidentified armed men arrested a number of Sudanese leaders early October 25, 2021, a government source told AFP, after weeks of tensions between the military and civilian transitional authorities. The internet was cut across the country, AFP journalists said, as demonstrators gathered on the streets to protest the arrests ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP
In this file photo taken on September 26, 2020, Sudan’s Sovereign Council chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan speaks during the opening session of the First National Economic Conference in the capital Khartoum.  ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

 

African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Monday called for the “immediate resumption” of dialogue between Sudan’s military and civilians after security forces detained senior figures in the  transitional government.

“The chairperson calls for the immediate resumption of consultations between civilians and military within the framework of the political declaration and the constitutional decree,” Faki said in a statement posted on Twitter.

He expressed “deep dismay” at developments in Sudan, where Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been detained and armed forces opened fire on protesters who took to the streets of Khartoum in opposition to Monday’s apparent coup.

Faki said “dialogue and consensus” was the only path to salvaging Sudan’s troubled democratic transition.

“The Chairperson further calls for the release of all arrested political leaders and the necessary strict respect of human rights.”

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The AU suspended Sudan in June 2019 after pro-democracy protesters demanding civilian rule were gunned down outside army headquarters in Khartoum.

Their membership was reinstated three months later after Hamdok announced the appointment of Sudan’s first cabinet since the ousting of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.

AFP