US envoy meets Sudanese leader, affirms support for democracy

A US envoy underscored Washington’s support for a democratic transition to civilian rule in Sudan Saturday in talks with the head of the ruling council and the prime minister, the US embassy in Khartoum said.

The embassy noted that Jeffrey Feltman, special envoy for the Horn of Africa, has also urged all parties to commit to working together in implementing Sudan’s constitutional declaration, signed after the 2018-2019 unrest that toppled president Omar al-Bashir.

Feltman met with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council, and his deputy General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

Tensions between the power-sharing civilian and military leaders have escalated after an attempted military coup in September. The military says the attempted coup was thwarted.

As the economic crisis deepens, a coalition of rebel groups and political parties has allied itself with the military. They have accused the ruling civilian parties of incompetence in managing and monopolizing power, and of wanting to dissolve the Cabinet.

In response, hundreds of thousands of people rallied in parts of Khartoum and other cities on Thursday (21/10) against the prospect of military rule. Several Cabinet ministers participated. In a statement following the meeting with Feltman, Burhan praised US support for Sudan’s transition to democracy, and said the military would protect the transition. [vm/ft]

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