SUDAN MILITARY SCRAPS AGREEMENT AND CALLS FOR ELECTIONS WITHIN NINE MONTHS
Sudan’s military on Tuesday June 4, 2019 has announced that it has decided to cancel all that has been previously agreed with protesters about the country’s transition and elections will be held within nine months.
“The Military council decides on the following; cancelling what was agreed on and stopping negotiating with the Alliance for Freedom and Change, and to call for general elections within a period not exceeding nine months,” General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a statement broadcast on state television early on Tuesday.
The announcement came the after the central north African country’s military forcefully broke up a weeks-long sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters who were calling on the country’s ruling generals to hand over to civilian rule. More than 30 people lost their lives and hundreds were wounded in the altercation.
The Transitional Military Council removed president Omar al-Bashir from power in April after months of protests against his dictatorial rule. It had agreed a three-year transition period for transferring power to a civilian administration and a parliament composed of 300 members; around two-thirds from the protest alliance and the rest from other political groups but the talks broke down on May 20.
Thousands continued camping outside the military headquarters calling for the generals to give up power and consequently led to security forces to use force to break up the sit-in an act which drew sharp international criticism, with both the US and the UN condemning the breaking up of the sit-in.
According to diplomats, the UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on today to discuss Sudan after Britain and Germany requested the talks. Burhan further added that the election would take place under regional and international supervision.