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Sudan’s Military Says it’s Moving to Form Caretaker Government

Sudanese protestors celebrating the removal of Omar al-Bashir.
Sudanese protestors celebrating the removal of Omar al-Bashir.

“We have met with representatives of all categories of the Sudanese people and we want to make sure that all rumors that could prevent Sudan from realizing stability, are totally removed.”

Sudan’s transitional military council said on Tuesday that it would soon push for the creation of a temporary technocratic government, according to a report from the Russian-owned Russia Today media site.

Deputy-chief of the council, Mohamed Daqlu, known as Hameedaty, addressed seven major Sudanese political opposition parties in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Monday. Middle East Monitor reported that it was the opposition parties who demanded “the formation of a caretaker government of independent technocrats.”

Sudan’s Quest for Democracy 

Hameedaty told the opposition parties that discussions are underway with various local community representatives across Sudan, for the purpose of forming a government that would prepare the country for general elections. No further details were reported.

Hameedaty called on the opposition groups to engage positively in what he termed the transitional stage of Sudan, urging them all to give priority to the higher interests of the nation, rather than their own interests.

“We have met with representatives of all categories of the Sudanese people and we want to make sure that all rumors that could prevent Sudan from realizing stability, are totally removed. We fully understand that the national army, along with all other security bodies, have a big responsibility to preserve the country’s security, under current critical circumstances,” Hameedaty was quoted as saying by Russia Today.

Earlier, the Sudanese coalition for the opposition, which is made up of seven political parties, had insisted on a political settlement for the Sudanese crisis that wouldn’t preempt the objective of Sudan’s recent popular uprising.

The coalition also called for the cancellation of death sentences that have been handed down to politicians and leaders of political movements, so as to clear the atmosphere for a genuine political dialogue.

Since last December, Sudan has lived through mass demonstrations in protest of the soaring prices of goods and commodities, as well as inflation. The protests recently pushed the Sudanese army to overthrow the authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir who remained in power for over three decades. However, the country has been in a state of chaos after the ousting of al-Bashir, with no clear successor to lead the country. Sudan’s military assumed power but on June 3, opened fire and murdered over 100 protestors outside the military’s headquarters.

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Rami Almeghari

Rami Almeghari is a freelance independent writer, journalist and lecturer, based in the Gaza Strip. Rami has contributed in English to several media outlets worldwide, including print, radio and TV. He can be reached on facebook as Rami Munir Almeghari and on email as [email protected]

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