Monday, March 4, 2024

Sudan protests: Washington calls for “spirit of change”


Two U.S. senators have called on Sudanese security forces to defend the rights of civilians to peaceful protests, with planned demonstrations on Thursday as the Sudanese attorney general creates a room for upcoming protests.

“Peaceful protest and the right to state security are key elements for all protesters,” said Senator Jim Rish, a Republican senator from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Koons, a Democratic senator and member and chairman of the African Affairs Subcommittee, the Foreign Action Assignment Subcommittee, said in a statement Wednesday. Sudan is moving towards a more peaceful, citizen-centered, rights-based democracy.

“The United States continues to be a staunch ally of the Sudanese people, in addition to providing more than $ 1 billion in US foreign aid and participation in debt relief,” they said in a statement.

They also stressed that “when the Sudanese rise in the streets, on Thursday, during the planned protests, the security forces must respect and protect the rights of citizens to peaceful demonstrations.”

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

The attorney general in charge, “Maulana Mubarak Mahmoud Othman”, created a central chamber under his leadership to monitor and follow the security of processions and anticipated demonstrations, the Sudan news agency, Suna, was quoted as saying.

The council decided to appoint more than 40 public prosecutors from all departments of the state, and ordered Sudan’s chief prosecutors in all states to take all necessary measures to protect and defend the demonstrations and demonstrations.

In August 2019, the military and civilians leading the struggle movement (coalition of forces for freedom and change) signed a power-sharing agreement, which was later extended to a three-year interim period. Under the agreement, a civilian government and an assembly would lead the transition while the military would accept power at the sovereign level.

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It is expected that power will be handed over to a civilian authority following the free elections at the end of the interim period, but for some time now, controversy among the public in power has been mounting, weakening the support enjoyed by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock.

Sudan is still suffering from a stagnant economic crisis. Hamdok’s government approved unpopular economic reforms.

In a speech to the nation on Friday evening, Hamdock said, “There are deep divisions between the civilian population and the military.”

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