Sudan talks to resume today | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:07 AM, May 19, 2019

Sudan talks to resume today

Talks between Sudan’s army rulers and protesters are set to resume, army rulers announced yesterday, as Islamic movements planned to rally for the inclusion of sharia in the country’s roadmap.

The ruling military council announced “the resumption of negotiations with the Alliance for Freedom and Change on Sunday,” following international pressure to get back to the table.

There had been some breakthroughs last week on Sudan’s future leadership, following the ouster last month of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir after mass protest.

The generals and protest leaders had been expected to come to an agreement on Wednesday on the thorniest issue -- the make-up of a new body to govern Sudan for three years.

But that meeting never took place and on Thursday the head of the military council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, confirmed talks were suspended for 72 hours.

Demonstrators subsequently spent hours meeting Burhan’s demand to dismantle roadblocks which had paralysed parts of the capital.

World powers on Friday urged the generals to resume meetings on Sudan’s future leadership.

Representatives from the United Nations, African Union and European powers “called for an immediate resumption of talks”, said Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary of state for Africa.

They called on both sides to “reach an agreement ASAP on an interim government that is truly civilian-led and reflects the will of the Sudanese people,” Nagy tweeted Friday.

The generals have allowed protesters to maintain their sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters, where they remain camped out to demand a rapid transition to democracy.

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