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Hundreds rally in Sudan to aid military-backed initiative

The army says it supports THE DECISION of Sudans People, a political initiative to pave just how for democratic elections.

Published On 14 Aug 2022

A huge selection of Sudanese rallied outside a Khartoum conference hall in a show of support for a political initiative backed by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who this past year led a military coup.

The initiative, referred to as THE DECISION of Sudans People, premiered last month by renowned Sufi religious leader Al-Tayeb Al-Jed with the declared goal of ending Sudans political crisis.

In a televised speech on Sunday, al-Burhan urged all factions to become listed on efforts wanting to bring Sudanese people together to keep the transition and pave just how for elections.

The military chief, who led the October coup that derailed Sudans transition to civilian rule, said the army was siding with the peoples aspirations for democratic rule under an elected civilian government.

Demonstrator Hozaifa Mohamed said he supports the initiative, which demands national consensus and which hopefully will bring a finish to the crises in Sudan.

Another demonstrator, Othman Abdelrahman, said it brought together multiple factions from across Sudan, including Sufis, armed groups among others.

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), Sudans main civilian bloc ousted from power in the coup, didn’t join the initiative.

Also absent were members from the resistance committees, informal groups that emerged through the 2019 protests contrary to the decades-long rule of Omar al-Bashir, and which have led the demands recent anti-coup rallies.

The initiative, however, has gained the support of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the African Union, whose diplomats attended a conference on Saturday.

In a speech then, Al-Jed said the initiative brought together some 120 political parties and multiple factions, including Sufi orders and tribal leaders.

He also said it aims to handle the economic deterioration in the united kingdom, achieve peace and security, and ensure elections scheduled for next year are held with integrity.

The Sufi figure further called on visitors to rally to get the army along with other security forces to make sure unity. He urged factions that didn’t attend the meeting to become listed on the initiative even though they are against it or have reservations.

Last month, al-Burhan pledged in a televised address to step aside and make method for Sudanese factions to acknowledge a civilian government.

Civilian leaders who have been ousted in last years coup dismissed his move as a ruse, and pro-democracy protesters have held fast with their rallying cry of no negotiation, no partnership with the military.



Al Jazeera and news agencies

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