Guterres Sudan needs a civilian-led political transition

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, stressed the need for a civilian-led political transition in the Sudan.

This was made in a statement by the Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stefan Dujarric, following the meeting of Guterres and proof on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.

“During the meeting, the Secretary-General expressed grave concern at the continuing political crisis in the Sudan, as well as the rapid deterioration of security, economic and humanitarian conditions,” the statement said.

“The Secretary-General stressed the urgent need for a comprehensive political agreement that restores a civilian-led political transition so that the Sudanese people can realize their aspirations for sustainable peace, inclusive democracy and economic prosperity.”

Since 25 October 2021, the Sudan has been witnessing popular protests calling for the return of civilian rule and rejecting extraordinary measures taken by Al-Burhan, which the rejectors consider a “military coup d ‘état.”

Army chief Al-Burhan denied that he had been accused of carrying out a coup d ‘état and said that his actions were aimed at “reversing the transition”, pledging to hand over power through elections or national consensus.

On August 21, 2019, Sudan began a transitional phase ending in the early 2024 elections, during which the army, civilian forces and armed movements signed a peace agreement with the government in 2020.

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