Deputy head of the military council, Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, said on June 25 2019 the mission of the Ethiopian envoy, Mahmoud Dirir, was to pave the way for resuming talks with the FDFC, “not to offer proposals for solutions.”
“The mission of the Ethiopian mediator was limited to prepare the parties for negotiations. We did not agree on shares in the sovereign council. We do not accept prescriptions,” he said.
The deputy head of the military council said on June 16 2019 it was ready to accept nominees for top government positions proposed by the coalition.
“We are actually not in dispute and we are partners in this glorious revolution,” General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said. “They say a technocratic government and we are ready”
[May 28 2019 safe hands ]
General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti said May 24 2019 he was overseeing judicial proceedings against Bashir and 25 regime figures detained since the coup – thereby controlling the process and ensuring they pose no threat to the new order. “That’s why, by God almighty, we will not hand this country except to safe hands.”
[May 26 2019 Yasir Arman returns for the talks ]
Yasir Arman has returned to the country after years in exile despite having been sentenced to death in absentia. He is reported to have faced no problem from the authorities on his arrival.
He returns six weeks after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power and observers speculate that he could take part in peace talks.
He was elected governor of Blue Nile State in the Republic of the Sudan in April 2010
Mr Arman joined the SPLM rebel group in the south of Sudan in the 1980s when it was fighting against the Khartoum government.
After South Sudan seceded in 2011 he formed the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North, SPLM-N, rebel group which kept fighting President Omar al-Bashir’s troops in Blue Nile State
[May 24 2019 arrest of Salah Gosh blocked ]
Salah Gosh is former chief of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services. Gosh was to be questioned about an account containing more than $1 million (46 million Sudanese pounds), which was only accessible by him. But his guards blocked his arrest May 22 2019, saying they did not receive an arrest warrant in advance. Gosh was important for protesters, as he has all of the Bashir regime’s corruption files.
[May 22 2019 calls for civilian government ]
May 8 2019 Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan spoke with the Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) Chairman, General Abdel Fattah el-Burhan…He urged the TMC to move expeditiously toward a civilian-led interim government, and noted General Burhan’s commitment in this regard.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan encouraged the TMC to reach agreement with the Forces for Freedom and Change that reflects the will of the Sudanese people.
[May 20 2019 United Arab Emirates, Saudis both give $250m ]
Saudi Arabia says it has deposited $250m (£196m) in Sudan’s central bank as part of a support package for the country which is in the midst of an economic and political crisis.
The gift, plus a similar recent deposit from the United Arab Emirates, will help alleviate some of Sudan’s economic pain – but it won’t address the symptoms.
This is merely a very short-term fix to a deep crisis. People are having to get used to long queues outside banks where withdrawals are often limited to a maximum of $40 and spending hours in the sweltering heat lining up for fuel.
Sudan was always going to face economic challenges after 2011 when South Sudan seceded, taking with it most of the oil.
[February 22 2011 12 senior military commanders retired ]
The Sudanese army dismissed reports that recent shuffling made within its ranks have anything to do with politics stressing that the military institution “is a model of fairness and discipline”.
There have been reports that around 12 senior military commanders were sent to retirement over their growing criticism of president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein.
Some of those allegedly affected by these changes were Brigade Commander Al-Tayeb Mosbah head of El-Fasher division, Brigadier General Ahmad Abdoon over Nyala division, Major General Al-Naeem Khidir chief of staff at the Minister of Defence’s office, Major-General Abbas Taj al-Din from the military intelligence
Discontent has reportedly been over the work of paramilitary units such as the popular defense forces and the Janjaweed militias operating in Darfur as well as the handling of war in Sudan’s western region.
Thousands of young Sudanese, inspired by the events in other parts of the Arab world, have been calling for his departure. In the past month, protests have broken out across northern Sudan, many organized through Facebook, much like the movements in Egypt and Tunisia that drove out the leaders of those countries. Scores of Sudanese students have been beaten by the police or arrested — one student was killed — and now some opposition parties seem to want to push it further.
“We have the rich experience of two popular uprisings,” said Faruq Abu Issa, a spokesman for a coalition of opposition parties, referring to popular uprisings in Sudan in 1964 and 1985, which brought down the governments of their day. He said his colleagues were “preparing ourselves, like Tunisia and Egypt.”