The head of Sudan Transitional Military Council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has announced that the army is going to relinquish power to a caretaker government, which will organize elections in 9 months.
The military, after the removal of longtime former president Omar Bashir in April 2019, consistently chorused that they were going to lead the country for a period of 3 years before handing over to a democratically elected civilian government.
The situation drastically changed in the capital Khartoum on Monday when security opened fire on sit-in protesters in front of the army headquarters killing 35 people, the worst scenario since the beginning of protests in December 2018.
The incident, which the military is still reluctant to take responsibility for, attracted condemnation from across the globe including from United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, United States, United Kingdom and others.
The Transitional Council chief in a broadcast on Tuesday on Sudan National Broadcasting Cooperation (SNBC) said a caretaker government is going to be established to oversee the election assisted by the regional and international bodies.
“The only way to rule Sudan is through the ballots,” Gen. Burhan said on the Arabic language television channel.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has also added her voice to those condemning the attack.
“I utterly deplore the apparent use of excessive force in the protest camps,” Bachelet said.
Ms. Bachelet noted that reports stating that live ammunition was used by security forces next to, and even inside, medical facilities are “extremely alarming”.
“I urge the security forces to immediately halt such attacks, and to ensure safe, unimpeded access to medical care for all”, she stressed.
Sudan Attorney General, Maulana Al-Walid Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud announced on Monday that the government has established a committee to investigate the bloody Monday incident.