President of Sudan’s Sovereign Transitional Council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan traveled to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where, on the side of the proceedings, he gave some interviews with the international press claiming that he would not run in future elections for a civilian-led government.

General al-Burhan, however, did not respond to journalists’ questions asking for clarification on the possible date for the new elections, arguing how it should be determined through the agreement of the different political parties, and that the armed forces have no role in the matter (

General al-Burhan also denied rumors of disagreements within the transitional government, and especially those reported by several parties between the president himself and his deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

General al-Burhan’s statement made in New York with reference to the possibility of a visit to Israel, if he will be invited, has stirred controversy among opposition forces in Sudan. Indeed, Sudan’s rapprochement with Israel has become the subject of intense polarization within the local political debate, and according to some opposition figures, the president’s statements do not represent the position of the Sudanese people (

A delegation from the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, led by David McAllister, visited Sudan last week. The delegation met with political and government forces, organizations representing civil society, and representatives of the United Nations, renewing their support for all parties involved in the transition process (


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