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Tension as Sudan’s FFC urges handing Sovereign Council presidency to civilians

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Khartoum, Sudan |  Xinhua | Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change alliance (FFC) on Saturday stressed its adherence to handing over the presidency of the Sovereign Council to civilians, restructuring of the regular forces, and handing over the wanted figures of the former regime to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mohamed Naji El Asam, a member of the Leadership Council of the alliance, made the remarks at a press conference in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The alliance further announced rejection to demands for dissolution of the government, voicing support to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

“We renew our confidence in the government and the prime minister, and this government will not be dissolved by dictations,” Yasir Arman, another member of the coalition, said at the press conference.

He noted that the current crisis is made-up and is more like a coup, pointing out that “there is a constitutional document and it governs us.”

Arman stressed the need to reform the military institutions, especially the armed forces, saying “it is necessary to form one armed force with a national ideology.”

Since the announcement of foiling a coup attempt on Sept. 21, the differences between the military and civilian partners in the transitional government have continued to escalate.

Sudan is ruled amid a 39-month transitional period under a transitional government of military and civilian elements, established after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. The transitional period is set to be followed by elections to form a new government.

Since Oct. 16, a group defecting from the FFC has entered into an open sit-in in front of the presidential palace, demanding the dissolution of the government.

Sudan’s Sovereign Council is currently chaired by Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and the constitutional document stipulates that the presidency of the council will be transferred to civilians by mid-November this year.

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