Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Pentagon calls for strengthening civilian control of the Sudanese army

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Cindy King, spokeswoman for the US Department of Defense for Africa Command, told “Sky News Arabia” on Thursday night, that the ministry affirms its support for the efforts of the transitional civilian government in Sudan to strengthen civilian control over the army.
King added that the US Department of Defense, “the Pentagon,” appreciates the role played by Khartoum in making efforts to maintain stability, including in the Red Sea region.
King made it clear that the Pentagon is open to exploring opportunities to strengthen the partnership with Sudanese militIG and civilian officials, with the aim of advancing shared goals of achieving security and stability.
Sudan has been witnessing a worsening political crisis since the announcement of a failed coup attempt weeks ago, and it came ahead of the scheduled transfer of power in the Transitional Sovereign Council from the militIG component to the civilian component in it.
The political crisis erupted on September 21, when Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said rogue forces still loyal to ousted President Omar al-Bashir sought by force to change the course of the revolution that ousted him from power in 2019.
Sudan is experiencing a great political division in light of the accusation of the militIG component of seeking to violate the constitutional document and supporting a group of parties and personalities to form an alternative political incubator for the forces of freedom and change that led the revolution.
The crisis between the two sides of the transitional government in Sudan has worsened amid reports that three initiatives led by political figures failed at the end of last week to persuade the civil and militIG sides to sit together to find solutions to the problems facing the country.
A few days ago, an informed source reported that the Sudanese Prime Minister, after a stormy meeting with representatives of the militIG part in the Sovereignty Council, stressed the need to adhere to the constitutional document that governs the current transitional period.
The situation in Sudan is further complicated by the continued closure of the main ports in the east of the country and the national road linking those ports with other cities of Sudan, which depend on imports to cover 70 percent of food, energy and medicine needs.

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