Oct 23, 2021 - World

U.S. envoy backs democratic transition to civilian rule in Sudan

Sudanese protesters take part in a protest in Port Sudan in the east of the country to demand the government's transition to civilian rule, on October 21, 2021.

Sudanese protesters take part in a protest in Port Sudan in the east of the country to demand the government's transition to civilian rule, on Oct. 21. Photo: Ibrahim Ishaq/AFP via Getty Images

Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman conveyed U.S. support for a democratic transition in Sudan during talks with the head of its ruling council and the prime minister, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum wrote Saturday on Twitter.

Driving the news: "Feltman emphasized U.S. support for a civilian democratic transition in accordance with the expressed wishes of Sudan’s people," the embassy wrote.

  • Feltman also "urged all actors to recommit to working together to implement the constitutional declaration and Juba Peace Agreement."
  • Sudan's constitutional declaration was signed after a 2018-2019 uprising that resulted in the removal of former President Omar al-Bashir, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Feltman's visit to Sudan comes amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the "worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.

  • Approximately 2,000-3,000 people participated in a sit-in in Khartoum earlier this week after protesters convened to urge the military to overthrow the government.

State of play: After the uprising in 2019, a joint military-civilian council assumed power to lead a 3½ -year transition toward democratic elections.

  • The increasing turmoil is threatening the transition and underscores the tensions between civilians and the generals, Lawler reports.

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