Sudanese leader says election date not set By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – Sudanese President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, U.S., September 22, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

By Daphne Psaledakis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of Sudan’s ruling council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, told Reuters on Thursday evening that no fixed date had been set for the elections, but the army would not wouldn’t wait forever.

Burhan, who derailed a political transition 11 months ago by dissolving a civilian-led government, had previously indicated that elections would be held in 2023.

The power grab he led ended a power-sharing deal between the military and civilians, sparking massive street protests and a confrontation between the military and pro-democracy parties.

After the stalemate deepened, Burhan said in July that the military would withdraw from political talks.

“We are waiting, we don’t want to insert ourselves into this political process,” Burhan said in an interview on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York when asked about a date for the elections. “Of course, we won’t wait forever,” he added.

Opponents blame Burhan for upending a transition to democracy and economic openness after the ousting of former leader Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising in 2019.

The military leadership said it had taken over due to political infighting between civil parties, but the move drew strong condemnation from Western powers and the suspension of billions of dollars in international aid.

“If it was up to us, we would have already completed the transition tasks, but the civilian forces and the regional and international community have asked us to stop,” Burhan said when asked about the date of the elections.

Burhan said he accepted a recent statement by his deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, that civilians should nominate a future prime minister and head of the ruling sovereign council, saying it was what he had himself. even said before.

Burhan also said an agreement to establish a Russian base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast was still under discussion and the two countries had normal relations.

He denied recent reports that Sudanese gold was being shipped to Russia, saying only certain entities were responsible for the exports.

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