Sudan leader Burhan warns Islamists, other factions against interfering with military

Sudan leader Burhan warns Islamists, other factions against interfering with military
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13 November, 2022
More than a year after the military took power in a coup in Sudan, the military and its former civilian partners and other political forces have begun UN-facilitated talks to agree on a new political framework.
Sudan's leader Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan said: 'We'll cut out the tongue of anyone who speaks on the military' [TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty-archive]

Sudan's leader General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Sunday issued another stern warning to Islamists and other political factions against any interference in the military, amid talks with civilian parties to form a non-partisan government.

More than a year after the military took power in a coup, the military and its former civilian partners and other political forces have begun UN-facilitated talks to agree on a new political framework.

However, Islamists loyal to former President Omar Al-Bashir have criticised the military for seeking a partnership with pro-democracy civilian groups, and for what they say is allowing foreign interference from UN and Western facilitators.

On Saturday, thousands of Bashir loyalists held a protest against the ongoing talks.

Burhan warned both civilian parties and the former ruling Islamists of agitating within the military or interfering, saying it was carrying out its own reforms.

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"We'll cut out the tongue of anyone who speaks on the military," Burhan said in a speech at an army base west of the capital.

"We warned the Islamists, as they have started interfering with the military, we told them to stay away from the military," he said.

Since the coup in October 2021, Sudan has been without a new prime minister or cabinet, seen increasing tribal violence, and its economy has been plunged into further turmoil.

Both the military and participating parties have said they aim to pull the country out of impending chaos.

In a 6 November speech, Burhan had confirmed that talks had begun and on Sunday he acknowledged that the military had presented its notes on a draft constitution which the UN said last week was the basis of discussions it had launched.

"We expect this next government to be made up of independents not affiliated with any party, this is what we've always said," Burhan said in the speech.

He also said that the civilian politicians he had sat with had assured him they are not negotiating to advance their political interests.

(Reuters)