Home | News    Sunday 21 April 2019

Sudan’s opposition suspends talks, accuse military of delaying power handover


Spokesperson of the Freedom and Change forces addresses a press conference outside the army headquarters on 21 April 2019 (SUNA Photo)
April 23, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Freedom and Change forces Sunday declared the suspension of talks with the transitional military council accusing it of working to delay the power transfer to civil rule and called to escalate protests.

Ten days after the removal of President Omer al-Bashir, frictions become clear between the military council and the opposition forces that led the protests against the former regime of Omer al-Bashir.

The democratic forces had reservations over the presence of some Islamist generals in the military council but kept their doubts aside but they started these days blaming them of seeking to include Islamists forces from the former regime in the new government.

In a press conference that was organized to announce their nominees for a lean government they call for, the representatives of the opposition forces denounced the intransigence of the military council to transfer power to civilians adding they do not consider seriously the handover.

"They claimed that our proposals are examined through other proposals made by other political forces," said the spokesperson who was not introduced by his name. Also, the opposition figures were not present at the press conference outside the military council but attended by thousands of protesters.

Accordingly, he said they decided to "continue the sit-in and suspension of negotiations with the Military Council and to stop dealing with them".

Further, he said they decided to "escalating mass pressure" on the military and to "deal with the junta as an extension of the regime".

The spokesperson further said they decided to form the Transitional National Authority without any military participation in the presidential council or the government cabinet and the names will be made public during the upcoming days.

Some ten minutes before, the military council spokesperson Shams al-Din Kabbashi told a separate press conference they are studying 124 proposals submitted by 314 political party and national figures for the transitional period.

He further repeated statements made by the head of the military council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday morning saying they are keen to reconcile all the Sudanese and to not exclude anyone.

He stressed that there are many points of convergence with the political forces and they only disagree on a few points that can overcome and then declare the transitional government.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Sudanese Communist Party said the military junta emanates from the core of the former Islamist regime and accused the transitional council of working to "deviate the uprising from its goals to reproduce the former regime".

Earlier the SPLM-North deputy chairman Yasir Arman pointed out that the head of the political committee Lt. Gen. Omer Zain-al-Abdin and his deputy Lt Gen Jalal al-Sheikh are two Islamists who are working to reproduce the old regime, and called to dismiss them.

Sudanese opposition forces suspect the Islamist military of seeking to prevent the establishment of a secular state in the country.

Some observers describe the head of the military council as a weak leader, adding the council is manipulated by the Islamists.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

South Sudan: Revert strictly to 10 states 2020-02-16 15:56:54 By James Gatdet Dak Lampuar By unilaterally creating administrative areas---when the action is supposed to strictly revert the country to the constitutional 10 states----South Sudan's Presidency (...)

Does Kiir deserve our thanks for abolishing 32 states? 2020-02-16 11:44:03 By Duop Chak Wuol In October 2015, President Salva Kiir issued a decree, expanding the original ten states to 28. In January 2017, Kiir issued another presidential order creating an additional (...)

How hope for peace in South Sudan turned into despair 2020-02-13 04:41:14 By Luke Geng Geng, Kuajok While the ongoing peace talk in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) seems to be flattering again with no signs of positive progress as it is already heading to no direction in like (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.