Is the military in Sudan really ready to transfer power to civil society?

Sudan has fully entered the final phase of negotiations between military leaders and civil society actors. They must lead to the development of a road map for the organization of elections and the eventual transfer of power to the civil authorities.

As explained Voice of America Africa (VOA), discussions began in Khartoum on Monday 9 January for four days under the auspices of the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (regional grouping of seven East African countries including Sudan) and the United Nations. This mechanism “trilateral” described by the media as “final stage of the political process”, started on December 5, 2022.

According to the Sudanese Press Agency suna, The UN welcomed the launch of the negotiations. In a speech broadcast by Sudanese public television on Sunday, January 8, the head of the Sudanese army, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said “reiterated the army’s desire to place itself under a civilian government”, confirms VOA. But he gave no details on when the army would withdraw, the US radio news site noted.

Caution is in order. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan is the same man who overthrew the civilian transitional government led by Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in October 2021. The coup, which took place weeks before the scheduled date for the return of power to the civilian authorities, had been condemned by the international community. The country then began a new transition process.

There is therefore no guarantee that the military did not do it

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