Sudan’s military to release political detainees ahead of dialogue

Sudan’s military will release political detainees to create a favourable atmosphere for dialogue in the country.

According to a statement by the army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the move aims to set the atmosphere for dialogue and to contribute with others to achieve reconciliation

“We have started procedures to release political detainees within two or three days,” he said.

The statement further reveals that, Al-Burhan, who is also the head of the ruling Sovereign Council, met with the country’s attorney-general and chief justice to “study the legal situation of the detainees and expedite procedures” for their release.

The army chief said the military is ready “to step down and hand over power to civilians in the event of an agreement between the political forces.”

Sudan has been in turmoil since October 25, 2021, when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency, in a move decried by political groups as a “military coup.”

Meanwhile, the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change coalition said it will not proceed with any political process without the release of political detainees and abolition of the state of emergency.

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