The coup leader in Sudan says the next elections could be held in “a year and a half”


The leader of the coup d’état that took place on October 25 in Sudan, Abdelfatá al Burhan, stressed this Monday that the next elections could be held in a period of “a year and a half”, days after ensuring that a new government will be established to continue with the transition process initiated after the overthrow in April 2019 of the then president, Omar Hasan al Bashir.

“We are holding consultations with many parties on an appropriate deadline to conclude (preparations) for the elections, including the UN Integrated Mission for Assistance in Sudan (UNITAMS),” said the president of the Sovereign Transitional Council, dissolved by himself during the riot.

Thus, he highlighted in statements made to the Russian news agency that “everyone affirmed that a year and a half is sufficient time to prepare for the elections,” while emphasizing that he himself agrees with this conclusion.

The also chief of the Army General Staff has also stated that Sudan continues to maintain its contacts with Russia and has stated that both countries have cooperated “for a long time, especially in the military sphere.” “Our meetings have never been suspended,” he pointed out.

In this regard, he stressed that Khartoum will respect the agreement with Moscow for the creation of a base in the Red Sea, which has been questioned in recent months by the Sudanese government led by Abdallah Hamdok, who was arrested during the coup and who he was terminated by Al Burhan himself.

“We have an agreement and the creation of the base is part of it. We constantly discuss this issue and we have some objections that must be eliminated. We are faithful to our international agreements and we will carry them to completion,” he valued.

Al Burhan’s words come a week after he led a riot after weeks of tensions between the civilian and military elements of the transitional authorities established in 2019, a measure that has been internationally condemned and has triggered massive demonstrations in the African country. repressed by force.

The coup leader affirmed on Friday that Hamdok – who is under house arrest at his home after being arrested for not supporting the coup – is “the first candidate” to head the new Executive, which could be announced this week. However, his Government continues to claim that it is the legitimate authority and has rejected any contact with the military.

Sudan was the scene in mid-September of an attempted coup, according to the transition authorities, by a group of Armed Forces officers allegedly linked to former president Omar Hasan al Bashir, who was overthrown in 2019 in a coup after months of massive demonstrations against him.

The transitional authorities were established after an agreement between the previous military junta, which emerged after the 2019 coup, and various civil organizations and opposition political formations. This Government has initiated a battery of social and economic reforms and has reached a peace agreement with important rebel groups in Darfur and other areas of the country.

However, the September attempt led to an exchange of criticism and accusations between the civilian and military elements that has deepened the political crisis, including requests by Al Burhan to dissolve the Government, which have led to confrontational demonstrations in recent days. in favor of the transitional authorities and the Army.

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