Professionals Association Demands Sudanese Army to Cancel State of Emergency

Wednesday, 17 July, 2019 - 07:00
Khartoum - Ahmed Younes

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) slammed Tuesday the decree issued by the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which indicates extending the state of emergency for three months, demanding its cancellation.

It also opposed “absolute” immunity granted for military rulers as stipulated by the draft constitutional document, referring to a possible prosecution for violence against protesters.

Differences over the issue of immunity have been a major sticking point holding up the signing of a power-sharing deal agreed this month between the TMC and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition.

The power-sharing deal is meant to be the way forward for a transition in Sudan after military leaders ousted former President Omar al-Bashir in April following weeks of protests against him.

The protests continued after Bashir left, with the opposition demanding that the military council that took over cede power.

Ismail al-Taj, a leader in the SPA, one of the main members of the FFC, said members of the coalition had agreed that any immunity should be restricted.

“The immunity proposed by the military council in the draft constitutional document is an absolute immunity,” Taj told a news conference in Khartoum.

“All the members of the FFC have agreed on the issue of immunity and to restrict it procedurally,” he told reporters, adding that the issue would be presented at a meeting scheduled later with the military council.

He said the draft document is not disputed and is consistent with the agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia Union.

Taj added that the protesters were still demanding an independent investigation into the bloodshed, which for a time stalled efforts to reach a deal between the FFC and the military council.

Head of the TMC General Abdel Fattah Burhan issued Monday a new decree, renewing the declared state of emergency and extending it for three months without providing reasons.

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