By Ebi Kesiena
The General who heads Sudan’s ruling transitional authority, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has vowed to reform the army, days after a failed coup.
Speaking at the opening of a military hospital in Khartoum, Burhan explained that partisan activities will be banned from the army and the force will be reorganised.
According to Sovereign Council chief the army will leave the political scene and its role will be limited to protecting the country.
“We are going to reorganise the armed forces, Partisan activities are banned in the army, the armed forces are committed to holding elections on the date fixed for ending the transition” in 2023. After that, the army will leave the political scene and its role will be limited to protecting the country,” he said.
Sudan is led by a civilian-military administration under an August 2019 power-sharing deal signed after President Omar Bashir’s ouster by the military in April that year, following mass protests against his iron-fisted rule.
Sudan’s government said it thwarted a September 21 coup attempt involving military officers and civilians linked to the regime of imprisoned Bashir. At least 11 officers were among those arrested.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has since called for reforms within the army, a highly sensitive issue in Sudan.
A transition to full civilian rule has remained shaky, reeling from deep fragmentation among political factions, economic woes and a receding role for civilian leaders.