Egypt president urges Sudanese to discuss, denies backing coup

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is urging rival factions in Sudan to have interaction in talks to transfer ahead of their transition to democracy after a coup toppled the civilian-led authorities

The Oct. 25 army takeover has upended Sudan’s plans to transfer to democracy after three many years of repression and worldwide sanctions underneath autocrat Omar al-Bashir. A well-liked rebellion compelled the army’s overthrow of al-Bashir and his Islamist authorities in April 2019.

Egypt, which has cultivated shut ties with Sudan lately, fears that extended impasse would additional destabilize its southern neighbor.

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Following the coup, some Sudanese opposition leaders, together with former Foreign Minister Mariam al-Mahdi, suspected that Egypt had given a greenlight for the Sudan’s army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, to oust Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s authorities.

Egypt pointedly didn’t signal on to a joint assertion with the U.S., Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates calling on the Sudanese army to restore the civilian-led authorities.

The Egyptian chief referred to as on Sudanese events to agree on a roadmap to stabilize the nation and maintain elections on the finish of the transition.

“The scenario in Sudan wants a political consensus amongst all present forces, so it may be a means out of the present disaster,” he stated.

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The army takeover has plunged Sudan into political stalemate and relentless road protests which have introduced the deaths of greater than 60 folks since Oct. 25. Protesters desire a absolutely civilian authorities to lead the federal government, whereas the army says it might solely hand over energy to an elected administration.

The turmoil intensified earlier this month following the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after he failed to attain a compromise between the army and the pro-democracy motion.

Hamdok had been eliminated within the coup solely to be reinstated in November as a part of an settlement with the army. The deal sidelined the pro-democracy motion, which has mobilized the road protests. Protest teams plan mass demonstrations throughout the nation Thursday to stress the army.

El-Sissi’s name got here because the United Nations started separate consultations earlier this week with Sudanese teams to construct confidence between the army and the pro-democracy motion earlier than they presumably have interaction in direct talks.

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The U.N. mission in Sudan urged the army authorities Wednesday to instantly stop a violent crackdown on protesters to assist “create an environment conducive to these consultations.”

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