Military leaders in Sudan have called for dialogue and national unity to overcome the crisis facing the country. This came at a time security forces disbanded a gathering of families of political detainees, lawyers, and civil society activists.
While the crowd intended to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer, they had also planned a sit-in in front of Soba prison in southern Khartoum with the aim of pressing authorities to release all political detainees.
Since the army took power on October 25, security services have arrested dozens of political leaders and members of “resistance committees” who are active in organizing demonstrations against the military authority.
In Sudan, popular protests are escalating in demand of ending the army's rule and returning the country to the path of democratic transition led by a civilian government.
Transitional Military Council Chairman Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), addressed the nation on Eid al-Fitr and called on Sudan’s political parties to find national consensus and resolve the crisis through dialogue.
Al-Burhan said that discord and lack of acceptance of the other have negatively affected the overall political, social, and economic conditions in Sudan.
He added that the armed forces and other security services will have an active presence in all solutions offered to complete the democratic transition in the country.
Al-Burhan pointed out that the multiplicity of national initiatives and the efforts of international and regional organizations reflect the importance of national reconciliation and contribute towards a solution.
During his speech, Al-Burhan reiterated the call for all societal components, political parties, resistance committees and the revolution’s youth to rise above differences and place the country above all.
He also stressed the importance of stopping the tribal conflicts in West Darfur.
For his part, Hemedti echoed Al-Burhan’s statements and said that dialogue was the only way to resolve the political crisis experienced by Sudan.