the army undertakes to organize elections at the end of the transition period

AA / Khartoum, Sudan

The head of the Sudanese army, General Abdelfattah al-Burhan, pledged on Monday to organize elections at the end of the transition period that the country is going through.

This commitment was made during the signing ceremony of a framework agreement between the ruling Sovereignty Council and the representatives of the various political parties.

The agreement provides for a two-year transition period and the appointment of a civilian prime minister by the political parties that signed the framework agreement.

It also provides for the reform of the military and defense sector, the unification of the army and the integration into the army of the rapid support forces, a paramilitary force.

“We are committed to completely removing the military establishment from the political process, holding elections before the end of the transition period and implementing all points of the framework agreement,” al-Burhan said.

The army chief also promised to make the army a constitutional institution “which cannot be politicized by any group or ideology”.

Monday’s agreement was signed amid mass protests by pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum to show their opposition to the deal.

Several Sudanese groups boycotted the deal, including the Resistance Committees, a civilian pro-democracy network that opposes any negotiations with the military.

Sudan has been without a government since October 2021, when the army deposed the transitional government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and declared a state of emergency, a decision decried by political forces as a “coup d’etat military”.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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