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Sudan government rejects army chief's new council

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 06 December 2020 9:00 AM

Sudan's transitional government has rejected the creation of a new body with broad powers that was declared by the army chief, as the African nation is going through a fragile transition to civilian rule.

The transitional government expressed its opposition to the decree made earlier this week by the head of the Sovereignty Council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Al-Burhan established a Council of Transition Partners (CTP) that is "responsible for leading the transition period, resolving differences [between those in power] and having all the necessary prerogatives to exercise its power," according to Sudan's SUNA news agency.

This is while Sudan has already established a council — comprised of six civilian and five military leaders — that is tasked with leading the country to free and fair multiparty elections in 2022.

The council, which is Sudan's highest executive authority, was founded in August 2019 after the military overthrew president Omar al-Bashir in the wake of mass protests against his rule.

The transitional government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok expressed its opposition to al-Burhan's decree, accusing the general of overstepping his prerogatives by conferring excessive powers on the new body.

Hamdok said that the CTP's "role must be purely consultative and in no case must interfere in the activities of the executive and legislative bodies, nor those of the sovereign council."

The decree, according to government spokesman Faisal Mohammed Saleh, said the new body contradicts the "constitutional declaration" signed last year between pro-democracy activists and the military generals.

"It is imperative that we declare our disaccord with the creation of the CTP in its current form," he said.

He argued that the new body lacks representation and could not serve as a replacement for the yet-to-be formed transitional parliament.



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