Sudan: Military Announces Elections Within Nine Months
The Transitional Military Council (TMC) in Sudan has announced that it will hold elections within nine months. The Council has also cancelled all existing agreements made with the opposition coalition, the Alliance for Freedom and Change.
The decision to move to elections comes following widespread condemnation of the killing of at least 30 protestors on Monday as the military used force to break up a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum, and the subsequent breakdown of negotiations between the military and civilian-led movements.
While the specifics were still to be confirmed the Council had recently announced an agreement with protestors regarding a three-year transition to civilian rule and a parliament of 300 members for the transition period.
Announcing the move to prepare for elections the Council’s chair General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan stated that the vote would take place under regional and international supervision and that an investigation into Monday’s events would be undertaken.
There is concern among protestors and opposition elements that free and fair elections will not be possible during such a short time period.