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U.S. envoy meets with Sudanese leaders and reaffirms support for democracy

The US ambassador highlighted Washington’s support for a democratic transition to civilian rule in Sudan on Saturday during talks with the head of his ruling council and the prime minister, the US embassy in Khartoum said.

He tweeted that Jeffrey Feltman, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, also called on all parties to resume working together to implement the Sudanese constitutional declaration signed after the 2018-2019 uprising that led to the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

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

Tensions between civilian and military leaders, who now share power, have risen sharply since the attempted military coup in September, which the army said it thwarted.

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As the economic crisis deepened, a coalition of rebel groups and political parties joined the military in accusing the ruling civil parties of mismanagement and monopolization of power and seeking to dissolve the cabinet.

In response, hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated on Thursday in several parts of Khartoum and other cities against the prospect of military rule. It was attended by several ministers of the Cabinet of Ministers.

In a statement after meeting with Feltman, Burkhan praised US support for Sudan’s transition to democracy and said the military is committed to defending the transition.

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