The dissolved transitional government in Sudan has sent a memorandum to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in protest of the participation of the Sudanese Army’s General Commander, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in the activities of the United Nations General Assembly.
According to the memorandum signed by Abdullah Hamdok and several former ministers, dated September 23, 2023, the dissolved government stated that on October 25, 2021, the military component, led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan Abdurrahman, staged a military coup against the civilian transitional government, resulting in a complete constitutional collapse. This led to the existence of a de facto government, which also collapsed with the outbreak of the April 15th war, a direct result of the coup against the civilian government.
The memorandum also highlighted that regional and international institutions, including the African Union, the United Nations Security Council, and the European Union, have expressed their rejection of the military coup.
This coup undermined the transitional government and halted the democratic transition process in Sudan by taking actions condemning the coup and demanding the return of power to civilians.
The signatories stated that al-Burhan‘s invitation to attend the United Nations General Assembly contradicts the declared international positions against military coups. It also sends dangerous and encouraging signals for recent military coups in Africa, according to the memorandum.
The memorandum emphasized that the December 2018 revolution firmly established the Sudanese people’s stance against military coups and authoritarian regimes by endorsing full civilian legitimacy in governance and rejecting the October 25th coup.
It also defined the military’s role in politics by limiting its function to protecting the constitution and defending the country against external threats.