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IGAD proposes new initiative to end Sudan crisis

Protesters march to the Presidential Palace during a demonstration demanding civilian rule in Khartoum, Sudan on December 25, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj / Anadolu Agency]
Protesters march to the Presidential Palace during a demonstration demanding civilian rule in Khartoum, Sudan on December 25, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj / Anadolu Agency]

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) yesterday proposed a new initiative to "facilitate dialogue between the Sudanese parties" and find a radical solution to the country's crisis, the Sudanese Sovereign Council said in a statement.

The statement said the head of IGAD mission in Sudan, Dr. Osman Hassan Beleil, met with a member of the Sovereign Council, Salma Abdel-Jabbar, in the capital Khartoum and briefed her on the initiative which aims at overcoming the current political situation in Sudan.

IGAD's Secretary-General Dr Workneh Gebeyehu's approach to adopt negotiations with the parties to the political process.

The statement said Abdul-Jabbar welcomed the initiative and "IGAD's role in consolidating the foundations of stability and development in the IGAD countries."

Earlier on Saturday, the United Nations announced that it would launch "intra-Sudanese talks on Democracy and Transition" in a bid to salvage the country's move to democracy after a military coup.

Since 25 October 2021, Sudan has been experiencing a severe political crisis, after army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency, dissolved the Sovereignty Council and the transitional ministers, and put them under house arrest.

Sudan protests and Prime Minister resigns - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Sudan's prime minister resigns amid deadlock, anti-coup protests – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

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