East Africa bloc vows to support Sudan amid ongoing political uncertainties

Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country's transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Sudanese demonstrators celebrate after Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the country’s transitional ruling military council, as protesters demanded quicker political change, near the Defence Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer 

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has expressed its readiness to support Sudanese stakeholders as the East African country encounters political uncertainties.

The East African bloc, IGAD, in a statement issued late Friday also expressed its hope that the Sudanese stakeholders will navigate the current political situation and urged all involved to ensure a peaceful transition.

“IGAD stands ready to support Sudan in this process. IGAD will continue to work for regional stability, development, and integration,” the statement read.

On Thursday, Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan on Saturday canceled the curfew in the country.

“We announce the cancellation of the curfew and release of all the people tried by the emergency law,” said Al-Burhan in a statement aired live by official Sudan TV.

Al-Burhan further declared relieving of all states military governors and assigning the commanders of the military areas in the states to run the work.

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also on Friday, expressed AU’s conviction that military take-over is not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan.

Faki also urged all concerned to exercise calm and utmost restraint and to respect the rights of citizens, foreign nationals and private property in the interest of the country and its people.

He further appealed to all stakeholders to engage in an inclusive dialogue to create the conditions that will make it possible to meet the aspirations of the Sudanese people to democracy, good governance and well-being and restore constitutional order as soon as possible.