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Sudan's military scraps deal with Opposition, calls for elections within 9 months

A Sudanese protester walks past a burning tyre near Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019.

A Sudanese protester walks past a burning tyre near Khartoum's army headquarters on June 3, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) said on Tuesday it canceled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition and called for snap elections following deadly violence in the capital Khartoum after security forces moved to disperse the main protest camp outside the Defense Ministry.

Talks between the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) alliance had come to a standstill despite weeks of negotiations.

Despite settling on a three-year transition before elections and the composition of a legislative body, talks over whether civilians or the military will have the upper hand in a sovereign body to lead the country during a three-year transition to democracy were deadlocked.

In his address, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said that the coalition was equally responsible for the delay in coming to a final agreement.

Burhan said that elections would be held within nine months.

Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in the early hours of Monday morning and Opposition-linked medics said more than 35 people were killed in what is the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Burhan promised an investigation into the deadly events.

Crackdown on pro-democracy protests claims over 30 lives

The ruling military moved to crush the protest movement opposing its grip on power as security forces overran the main sit-in site in the capital Monday, unleashing furious volleys of gunfire, burning down tents and killing at least 35 people, witnesses and protest leaders said.

With the assault, the generals signaled an end of their tolerance of the pro-democracy demonstrators, who for months have been camped outside the military’s headquarters as the two sides negotiated over who would run the country after the April ouster of longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir.

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