Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah Burhan has reappointed himself as head of the interim body governing the country following the recent coup.
The move by Burhan, alongside other appointments, was expected to anger Sudan’s pro-democracy protest movement, which has demanded the military relinquish power and refuse to be part of an administration in which a military maintains a role.
Thursday’s development, announced in a bulletin by Sudan’s state television, comes amid repeate4d promise from the military rulers that they will hand over power to civilian authorities.
Since the coup, more than 100 government officials and political leaders have been detained, along with a large number of protestors and activists.
Sudan’s culture and information ministers Hamza Baloul, who was arrested during the coup and later released condemned the appointment. He described Thursday’s announcement of a new council as an extension of the coup and said pro-democracy protestors are right to refuse to negotiate with military leaders.
Immediately after the October 25 coup, the United States announced that its pausing assistance from the coup attempt in the country.
“Those funds were intended to support the country’s democratic transition as we evaluate the next steps for Sudan programming,” said State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
Sudan became the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump administration in October 2020, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
The agreement between Israel was announced days after then US-President Donald Trump officially removed Sudan from the list of nations that sponsor terrorism.
However, despite the agreement, no steps for full normalization between Israel and Sudan have taken place yet.