Sudan’s army chief says military has no intention to stay in power


The chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council and general commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, reiterated on Tuesday that the military has no intention to remain in power.

He made the remarks when receiving U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee in Khartoum, the council said in a statement.

Burhan emphasized the readiness and openness of the military to lead an unconditional dialogue that leads to achieving stability and development in the country, said the statement.

He said adherence to the constitutional document and conducting a comprehensive dialogue with all political forces to complete the structure of the transitional authority and make the democratic transition in the country successful until reaching a free and fair election in July 2023.

Burhan promised to release political detainees unless a criminal charge is proven. “Steps to release political detainees have already begun, and any detainee who is not found guilty of a criminal offense will be released,” he said.

Molly Phee conveyed Washington’s keenness on a democratic transition in the country and to make the transitional period a success, the statement said.

She expressed hope that the Sudanese would be able to resolve the current differences on their own, noting that the role of the United States is confined to facilitating dialogue, it added.

Sudan was plunged into a political crisis after Burhan declared a state of emergency on October 25 and dissolved the sovereign council and government.

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(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Sudan’s top army general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan holds a press conference at the General Command of the Armed Forces in Khartoum, capital of Sudan, October 26, 2021. /CFP)

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