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Guterres Urges Sudanese to Support Hamdok

Guterres Urges Sudanese to Support Hamdok

Friday, 3 December, 2021 - 07:30
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Sudanese to accept Nov.21 peace agreement. (EPA)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Sudanese people to support Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok so the country can have “a peaceful transition towards a true democracy.”

His remarks were made during a joint press conference with African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat on Thursday.

Guterres underlined the efforts made to free Hamdok, including his phone conversation with Head of the military General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the PM.

“For me, it was an important victory to see that the Prime Minister was freed and could return to his post,” he stressed.

Guterres said he understands the “indignation” and outrage of Sudanese, who have seen a military coup that called into question all of the agreements that had been reached.

“But I would like to appeal for common sense. We have a situation which is, yes, not perfect, but which could allow for a transition towards democracy,” he said.

Faki, for his part, stressed that the AU continues to encourage both Hamdok and the military to find a “compromise” on the political side with civil society and political parties so they can conclude this transition.

“In 18 months, in theory, there should be elections and I think that our political parties should be preparing for this,” he said.

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