Sudan’s Military Coup: Speaking at a news conference, Khalid Omar said a finalized political settlement, first agreed upon last December, would be inked in April. A new transitional constitution would be signed days later, he said.

KHARTOUM MARCH 20: Speaking at a news conference broadcasted by Sudan’s state-run SUNA News agency on Sunday (Mar.19), Khalid Omar said a finalized political settlement, first agreed upon last December, would be inked on April 1st. A new transitional constitution would be signed days later, he said.

Sudan has been plunged into chaos after a military coup, led by Abdel-Fattah Burhan, removed a Western-backed government in October 2021, upending its short-lived transition to democracy. The takeover came more than two years after a popular uprising forced the removal of Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

– ”We will start forming the institutions of the transitional authorities on the coming April 11th,” Omar said.

Pressure is mounting on Sudan’s various political forces to implement the promises of December’s deals. Several of the country’s thorniest political issues, including security sector reform and transitional justice, remain unresolved.

An 11-person committee comprised of nine pro-democracy leaders, one from the army and another from the country’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, has been tasked with tying up the final agreement, Omar said.

The Sudanese government announced on 21 September 2021 that there was a failed attempt at a coup d’état from the military that had led to the arrest of 40 military officers. One month after the attempted coup, another military coup on 25 October 2021 resulted in the capture of the civilian government, including former Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The coup was led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who subsequently declared a state of emergency.

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