Sudan Council Agrees With U.S. on Amending Democracy Transition Document

Washington says end to violence is a precondition for the restoration of economic aid ■ Medics say over 70 civilians have died in protests since military coup

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A Sudanese woman carries a child during a protest against the October 2021 military coup, in Khartoum, earlier this month.
A Sudanese woman carries a child during a protest against the October 2021 military coup, in Khartoum, earlier this month.Credit: AFP
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Sudan's Sovereign Council has agreed with a U.S. delegation on amending the constitutional document governing Sudan's transition to democracy to bring it into line with new developments in the country, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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The Sovereign Council, led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, also agreed on forming a national independent technocratic government and starting a comprehensive national dialogue to end the current political crisis.

Earlier Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Khartoum said Washington would not resume economic assistance to Sudan that was paused after a coup unless there is an end to violence and a civilian-led government is restored, a statement posted by on Thursday.

The statement on a visit to Sudan by Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee and Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa David Satterfield said the United States would consider measures to hold accountable those responsible for failure to move forward on a political process.

Dozens of Sudanese judges and prosecutors have condemned the killing of more than 70 protesters since a military takeover in October and have called for investigations, in rare public statements released on Thursday.

Sudanese women protesting against the military in Khartoum, earlier this month.Credit: AFP

Frequent protests since the October 25 takeover have been met with live gunfire and tear gas. At least 72 civilians have died and more than 2,000 have been injured, according to medics aligned with the protest movement.

Military leaders have said the right to peaceful protest is protected and have commissioned investigations into the bloodshed. Sudanese police say they have faced aggression from protesters.

A statement from 55 judges to the head of the judiciary said military leaders had "violated [international] agreements and covenants since the October 25 coup, as they have carried out the most heinous violations against defenseless protesters."

Separately, more than 100 prosecutors announced they would stop work from Thursday in support of their call for security forces to cease violations and lift a state of emergency. They stated their opposition to a recent emergency order that offered immunity and wider powers to security forces.

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