Sudan: This week’s news in brief

KHARTOUM Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan, leader of the military junta that seized power in a coup on October 25, signed an agreement with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok in Khartoum today, to reinstate the PM – who has been under house arrest since the coup – and return the country to democratic transition in terms of the Constitutional Document.


In speeches following the signing this afternoon, El Burhan and Hamdok both hailed the agreement as a major achievement, however the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change FFC – the main drivers of the revolution that overthrew the 30-year Al Bashir dictatorship in 2019, and convenors of an ongoing campaign of civil disobedience and mass demonstrations since the coup – have rejected any deal, calling for a complete return to civilian government, the coup leaders to be put on trial for undermining the regime, and for crimes against peaceful demonstrators.


Today’s agreement provides for the Sovereignty Council to supervise the tasks of the transitional period, without direct interference in the executive work. It stipulates the formation of a “government of technocrats,” in addition to expediting the formation of the Legislative Council, the Constitutional Court, the Chief Justice and the Attorney General.


New waves of COVID-19, haemorrhagic fever in Sudan as healthcare fails


November 17 – 2021 KHARTOUM / EL GENEINA Doctors report that health care is failing and in some cases “completely absent” in many parts of Sudan since Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan and a military junta seized power in a coup d’état on October 25.


The Federal Ministry of Health stopped publishing its daily reports of COVID-19 figures following the coup. Medical sources however, point to the large spread of COVID-19 cases “in all states of the country, with a general deterioration in the provision of treatment and diagnostic services”.


The sources further reported a new wave of haemorrhagic fever in Kassala, River Nile state and Northern State, amid “a complete absence of health care after the military coup”.


The Humanitarian Aid Commissioner of West Darfur expects a food gap in the state due to the scarcity of rains, agricultural pests and insects, and the reluctance of many displaced people to go about their agricultural activities, because of the insecurity in the region.


Source: Radio Dabanga