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Military council must head Sudan’s collegial presidency: general

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Al-Burhan chairing a meeting of the ruling TMC in Sudan (Al-Jazeera photo)
June 13, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A member of the military junta, Salah Abdel Khaliq, stated that the security situation in Sudan requires that the Sovereign Council be headed by an army general.

Abdel Khaliq made this statement during an interview with the BBC Radio Arabic Service on Tuesday, days after a decision by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council suspending Sudan’s membership and tasking the Ethiopian prime minister with a mediation to form a civilian-led transitional authority.

The military council is determined that the chairmanship of the Sovereign Council be to the army and not civilians, he said before to add that the security situation in the country requires it.

He pointed to they are ready to accept equal representation in the Sovereign Council for two parties.

Also, he stressed their commitment to the agreement that was already concluded with the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change.

The army generals are not keen to remain in power and preparing to hand it over to a civilian government within nine months if needed, he further said.

The military council had warned in the past that they would hold general elections if they fail to strike a deal with the opposition alliance.

Speaking about the raid of 3 June to disperse the main protest site in the vicinity of the army headquarters, Abdel Khaliq revealed that some military commanders decided to break up the sit-in by force without the knowledge of the Military Council.

He said that the Council arrested hundreds of officers and soldiers who participated in the raid, stressing that the junta does not mind the participation of international experts to investigate the circumstances of the bloody attack.

He said that the military council is ready to resume talks with the forces of freedom and change at any time and without conditions.

In addition, he said the internet blackout will be lifted after the resumption of negotiations.

(ST)

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  • 13 June 13:11, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    The Army should leave power to technocrats/civilians. Omer El Bashir ruled by force for 30 wasted years.

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    • 13 June 20:14, by Anthony

      What else would you expect from sudan? The most corrupt country in after after south sudan and somalia. I hope they have a civil war in Sudan so it can be weakened.That would give South Sudan an opportunity to take advantage.

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      • 14 June 09:15, by Malakal county Simon

        There is rules and law enforcement in Sudan, unlike lawless and tribal country of South Sudan when Dinkas imposed themselves to rule by force!! You see the distinguish between the two?? Your wished will be in vain because both countries, need stability..

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        • 14 June 09:59, by Anthony

          Hahahaha.Rules and law enforcement in Sudan? Nice joke dumbass. Have you seen whats been happening in darfur,nuba mountains and blue nile? Sudan is listed as the third most corrupt country in africa, human trafficking is a rampant there. Sudan has law enforcement that kills hundreds of protesting civilians, that’s true.

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          • 14 June 10:03, by Anthony

            Midiit mitot(nuer slave of arabs)
            So you’re defending north sudan which is an enemy of south sudan? Why do you nuer people worship arabs so much? It’s because they supported you during your cowardly betrayal during the civil war and gave you sugar. If sudan has a civil war south sudan will have an advantage to get its land back. Dont you care about south sudan slave? Pathetic scumbag

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            • 14 June 11:07, by Anthony

              *correction i mean malakal county simon(slave) lol your not from malakal(thats shilluk land) go name yourself after your shithole latjor or bieh state.

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              • 14 June 12:34, by Malakal county Simon

                I’m confused to what bring insults here Anthony/jaang/slave.. I failed to understood you to said Nuers are Arab slaves.. Was Bona Malual, Abiel Alier well known traitors, are Nuers too?? The word slave only suitable for you and your fellas Dinkas since your a well-known Birtish colonial collaborators.... If you not aware of this, i sincerely advice to ask your Dad or any other family member!!!!!!!

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                • 15 June 03:37, by Anthony

                  You failed to understand because you’re mentally retarded(like most nuer). During the Ottoman/arab invasion of Sudan the nuer(slaves) would assist their muslim masters in raiding other fellow black Africans. Even during the second sudanese civil war the ENTIRE NAATH(SLAVE) TRIBE joined khartoum after they were given sugar by bashir. Your god Machar knows this well(he is Bashir’s nuer wife. Patheti

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                  • 15 June 03:42, by Anthony

                    The Dinka could have easily wiped you out after they defeated you in your failed attack on them at bor and upper nile. Nuer attack dinka women and children but ran away from Dinka men when they faced them. akobo,nasir and others were captured and the Dinka killed many of you arab slaves. They left you to focus on arabs. It would have been better if the dinka killed all of you nuer bastards.Coward

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