The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Norway warned this Tuesday to the Sudanese army to refrain from appointing a prime minister on its own following the resignation on Sunday of civilian leader Abdullah Hamdok, amid protests against the military junta.
In a joint declaration, the countries established that “They will not support a prime minister or an appointed government without the involvement of a broad base of civilians.”
Western powers said they still believe in the democratic transition started in 2019 after massive protests, but they issued a veiled warning to the military.
“In the absence of progress, we will seek to accelerate efforts to hold the actors that impede the democratic process to account.”said the joint bulletin released by the United States Department of State, referring to the military leadership that carried out a coup in Sudan on October 25.
The countries called for elections, set in the transition calendar for 2023, and to the construction of powers legislative Y judicial independent.
“Unilateral actions to appoint a new prime minister and his cabinet would undermine the credibility of these institutions and carry the risk of plunging the nation into conflict,” they noted. “To avoid it, We strongly urge stakeholders to commit to an immediate Sudanese-led and international community-facilitated dialogue to address these and other transition-related issues. “
That dialogue, according to the note, must be “fully inclusive Y representative of historically marginalized groups ”, with the participation of youth and women to help Sudan“ get back on track towards democracy ”.
On the other hand, They held the military responsible for the “human rights violations” perpetrated since the coup, especially during the protests that have taken place since then, which have resulted in at least 57 protesters killed.
“The murder of dozens of Sudanese, sexual violence and the injuries of hundreds more by the security services and other armed groups since the military takeover of October 25 is unacceptable,” He pointed to the note. He added: “The right of the Sudanese people to peacefully assemble and express their demands has to be protected.”
Abdullah Hamdok submitted his resignation to the 42 days having reached an agreement with the military to return to the post from which he had been expelled in the coup, when he and several of his ministers were arrested.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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