US meets Sudanese leaders to reaffirm support for democracy


CAIRO, Oct. 23 (Reuters) – A US envoy on Saturday, speaking with the chairman of the governing council and the prime minister, underscored Washington’s support for a democratic transition to civil rule in Sudan, the US embassy in Khartoum said.

It tweeted that Jeffrey Feltman, special envoy to the Horn of Africa, had also urged all sides to reassign themselves to cooperation in implementing Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration, signed after a 2018-2019 uprising that led to the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir led.

Feltman met with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of the Sovereign Council, and his Deputy General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

Tensions between civilian and military leaders, who now share power, have risen after an attempted military coup in September thwarted by the army.

As the economic crisis deepens, a coalition of rebel groups and political parties has teamed up with the military, which accuses the ruling civil parties of mismanagement and monopoly of power and tries to dissolve the cabinet.

In response, hundreds of thousands demonstrated in several parts of Khartoum and other cities on Thursday against the prospect of military rule. Several cabinet ministers attended. Continue reading

In a statement following the meeting with Feltman, Burhan commended American support for Sudan’s transition to democracy and said the military was interested in protecting that transition.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy, letter by Mahmoud Mourad; Adaptation by Timothy Heritage

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