Khartoum: The military in Sudan have finally bowed to the Power of the People and relinquished power to civilians.
Reports coming in from Khartoum indicate that the head of Sudan Transitional Military Council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has announced that the army is going to relinquish power to a caretaker government, which will organize elections in 9 months. The Transitional Council chief in a broadcast on Tuesday on Sudan National Broadcasting Cooperation (SNBC) said a caretaker government is going to be established to oversee the election assisted by the regional and international bodies. “The only way to rule Sudan is through the ballots,” Gen. Burhan said on the Arabic language television channel.
The military, after the removal of longtime former president Omar Bashir in April 2019, consistently chorused that they were going to lead the country for a period of 3 years before handing over to a democratically elected civilian government. However, the situation drastically became volatile after masses stormed the streets protesting the military’s continued control of power. On Monday violence broke out in Khartoum as the military opened fire into the protesters, killing at least 35 people, the worst scenario since the beginning of protests in December 2018.
The incident, which the military is still reluctant to take responsibility for, attracted condemnation from across the globe including from United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, United States, United Kingdom and others. Sudan Attorney General, Maulana Al-Walid Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud announced on Monday that the government had established a committee to investigate the bloody Monday massacre.