In light of the continuation of the protests.. Al-Burhan justifies his decisions and Hemedti describes it as a correction to the course of the revolution

Hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated on Sunday evening in a number of neighborhoods of the capital, Khartoum, and other cities; Rejecting the decisions of the army chief, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and demanding civilian rule, while the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), confirmed that al-Burhan’s decisions came to correct the course of the people’s revolution.

On October 25, Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency in the country, dissolving the Sovereignty Council and the transitional ministers, releasing the governors, arresting party leaders, ministers and officials, and placing the Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdouk, under house arrest.

Hundreds demonstrated in the neighborhoods of Berri and Al-Dim in Khartoum and Ambadah in the city of Omdurman (west of the capital), in addition to the cities of Madani (central) and Nyala (west).

The demonstrators in Khartoum carried Sudanese flags, raised banners reading “The people are stronger and apostasy is impossible,” and chanted slogans denouncing what they called a “military coup.”

Demonstrators blocked some streets in neighborhoods south of the capital with burning barricades and tires.

Burhan Pledges

For his part, the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, affirmed that he will not back down from the decision to dissolve the government and declare a state of emergency, stressing that the dilemma in Sudan is not in the person of the ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

Al-Burhan indicated, in exclusive statements to Al-Jazeera, that the problem in his country lies in the way the state was run in the previous stage and in the contents of the constitutional document itself, as well as in the way the political forces deal with the executive body.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, stressed his commitment to the commitments made by Sudan to the international community and the Sudanese people.

Al-Burhan assured Al-Jazeera that he is continuing to complete the transitional phase and hold the elections on time. He also pledged not to be exposed to any political activities in Sudan as long as they are within the framework of the constitution and do not violate the legal frameworks, as he put it.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese army also called on the international community to look closely at what is happening in Sudan and what the current authorities will do.

In his statements to Al-Jazeera, Al-Burhan affirmed his commitment to handing over power to a government of independent national competencies, as he put it.

He pointed out that peaceful demonstration is a legitimate right, and that incitement to sedition will not be allowed, pointing out that the Alliance of Forces for Freedom and Change includes about 100 political components and the decision is in the hands of only 4. He stressed that the Sudanese army does not kill citizens, “and there are investigation committees to reveal what happened.”

Correcting the course of the revolution

For his part, the Commander of the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan, Lieutenant-General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), described in his first statement since October 25 the decisions of the General Commander of the Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, as coming to correct the course of the revolution and preserve the security and stability of the country.

In a recorded speech, Hemedti said that the decisions of last October 25 were “caused by the failure of reform due to the adherence of a small group to power,” stressing the commitment to democratic transformation, holding elections in 2023, and forming an independent civilian government.

Hemedti stressed that these decisions came after attempts to reform faltered due to what he called the hold and control of a small group in control of the country, their preoccupation with the struggle for power and their neglect of the people’s demands.

Military coup

On the other hand, the Political Secretary of the Sudanese People’s Congress Party, Kamal Omar, considered Al-Burhan’s decisions a military coup.

In a press conference held by the party, Omar demanded the release of the arrested politicians, including the ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

For its part, the Sudanese Revolutionary Front renewed what it called its firm position against the coup by respecting the will of the Sudanese people, democratic transformation and building a civil state.

In a statement issued by its leadership council, the Front affirmed its commitment to the constitutional document and the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement.

It also demanded the unconditional release of all detainees, led by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and Yasser Arman, a member of the Revolutionary Front’s Leadership Council.

The Front condemned the repeated arrests of politicians and the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators.

It called for lifting the state of emergency to create the atmosphere for serious dialogue in the interest of the security, stability and safety of Sudan.

extended meeting

In a related context, Sudanese sources said that a joint meeting was held on Sunday in Khartoum, which included representatives of the Freedom and Change Alliance from the Central Council and the National Charter groups, along with national figures.

The meeting discussed a proposal to select the ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok as a member of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council among the members of the civilian component, according to the desire of the military component.

According to the same sources, the meeting did not agree to the proposal, given that Abdullah Hamdok is the agreed prime minister from the forces of the popular revolution in Sudan.

The sources confirmed that Hamdok had requested a meeting with a group of political leaders to consult on the proposal, and the list requested by the Umma Party, Major General Barma Nasser, the head of the Federal National Party Youssef Muhammad Zain, the head of the Republican Party Haider al-Safi, and the head of the Revolutionary Front Hadi Idriss.

The same sources also indicated that Hamdok told these leaders that he agreed to the proposal to name him a member of the Sovereignty Council in order to get out of the political crisis, provided that the political forces agreed.

He asked her to conduct an extensive political dialogue on the proposal to appoint him as a member of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, which was not approved by today’s expanded meeting.

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