Al-Burhan meets an American diplomat.. Renewed protests in Sudan and the Arab League comments on Hamdok’s resignation

New demonstrations took place in Sudan today, Tuesday, to demand civilian rule, at a time when the authorities responded by tightening security measures in the vicinity of the army command and closed bridges, and while the President of the Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, met with an American diplomat, the League of Arab States issued a statement regarding the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

The demonstrators began their protest movements today, Tuesday, in Omdurman and Khartoum, and demonstrations were launched in a number of states.

Demonstrations renewed in Sudan today in response to calls by the “resistance committees” to demand civilian rule and the military’s resignation from power in the country, following the resignation of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The Sudanese security forces pre-empted movements today, Tuesday, by closing a number of bridges linking the capital’s neighborhoods, as well as closing the roads leading to the presidential palace and the General Command of the Army, using military vehicles, barbed wire and cement blocks, according to Al Jazeera correspondents.

The Sudanese newspaper, Al-Intibaha, quoted on its website today, eyewitnesses, as saying that the Nile Street was closed off the White Nile Bridge with barbed wire, and strict security measures and measures were taken.

This comes in conjunction with calls for demonstrations today, Tuesday, called by the “Umbada Resistance” committees in Omdurman, and joined by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which called on the rest of the committees to leave and head towards the presidential palace.

This is the first demonstration after the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on Sunday, 6 weeks after he was reinstated in the framework of a political agreement with the army.

Hamdok, who was unable to form a government as the protests continued, said that “a round-table dialogue is needed to reach a new agreement for a political transition to democracy in Sudan.”

Sudan has witnessed frequent protests and a state of tension since the tensions that erupted in the country last October, when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan overthrew the civilian transitional government.

dialogue door

In a related context, the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, met today, Tuesday, Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Khartoum, Brian Shawkan.

During the meeting, Al-Burhan affirmed Sudan’s keenness to continue partnership and cooperation with the United States in various fields, “in a manner that preserves the achievements made during the past period and builds on them in the future to serve the common interests of the two countries.”

The head of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, stressed the need to continue dialogue between all Sudanese parties to come up with a national consensus program to manage the transitional period.

Al-Burhan, who is in charge of the army, stressed that the doors of dialogue will remain open with all political forces and the youth of the revolution in order to agree on completing the structures of the transitional period, leading to free and fair elections that bring an elected civilian government that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

For his part, Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy in Khartoum, Brian Shawkan, called for the need to continue the path of democratic transformation, expedite the formation of the executive government, and complete the rest of the transitional authority structures.

Al-Burhan also met with Volker Peretz, head of the United Nations Integrated Mission to Support the Transition in Sudan (UNITAMS).

The meeting dealt with the current political situation in the country after the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok. Volcker listened to the vision of the President of the Sovereignty Council on the current situation in the country, and briefed him on the vision of the United Nations for the remainder of the transitional period.

The two sides stressed the need to complete the structures of the transitional period, and to expedite the appointment of a new prime minister to succeed Abdullah Hamdok.

Arabic statement

For its part, the Arab League expressed today, Tuesday, its respect for the decision of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok to resign from his post, calling on the various parties of the country to consult and dialogue to solve the current crisis.

This came in a statement by the Arab League, two days after Hamdok announced his resignation as prime minister, in light of the political tensions in his country.

The statement stated that the Arab League respects Abdullah Hamdok’s decision to resign from his position, and expresses its understanding of the justifications included in the resignation letter.

The statement called for the need to work urgently among Sudan’s partners in order to reach a ground of understanding that would allow preserving the important gains achieved during the past two years.

The Arab League also called for the intensification of consultation and constructive dialogue between the various parties, especially since it is the only means and even the cornerstone of resolving the current crisis and achieving the aspirations of the Sudanese people.

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