Hopes for a democratic transition in Sudan are crumbling as the army consolidates its control. Massive anti-government protests have had great impact on Sudanese politics in the past. But now, the protests may not be enough to change the political landscape. Led by the military, the new sovereign council includes representatives from rebel groups. But civilian leaders are glaringly absent. The 14-member body excludes members of the main civilian coalition. It has drawn condemnation from the United Nations.
“We also call on the security services to respect the rights of Sudanese citizens”
Despite mass arrests and cases of torture against Sudanese civilians, the public continues to protest against the 25 October military coup. A mass protest is expected to take place tomorrow, 13 November 2021.
Unrest has been reported since al-Burhan announced his new leadership. Which is generally seen as an extension of the military coup.
Western countries including the United States, Britain and the European Union expressed concern on Friday at the military’s creation of a new transitional council headed by the army chief, and called for a return to a civilian-led transitional government.
The statement condemned the “purported appointment of Sudan’s Sovereign Council in violation of the 2019 constitutional declaration”.
“This unilateral action by the military undermines its commitment to uphold the agreed transitional framework”, the troika said in a joint statement issued with Norway and Switzerland.
“We strongly urge against further escalatory steps and again call for the immediate restoration of Prime Minister Hamdok and the civilian-led transitional government”.
“We remind Sudan’s military leaders that they supported the end of authoritarian rule in 2019, and that international support is predicated on a successful democratic transition in line with the Constitutional Declaration”.
“We also call on the security services to respect the rights of Sudanese citizens to freely express their views without fear of violence or detention”.