Khartoum (Times Of Ocean)- Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy leader of Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council, reiterated Saturday that the army is committed to handing over power to an elected government.
Sudan is in turmoil since last October’s military coup.
“We are committed to handing over power to patriots after the national accord that leads to elections,” Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, told a rally in the city of Port Sudan and cited by a statement issued by the Sovereign Council.
“We will return to the barracks after the arrival of an elected government through the ballot boxes,” he added.
Hemedti pledged not to give power to those on the payroll of the embassies.
Hemedti also criticized some politicians in the country who he did not name for misleading the youth about the authorities’ plans to sell the country’s ports on the Red Sea.
“We say to these people that we are not agents to sell the resources of the Sudanese people,” he added.
Hemedti made his statement in response to claims made by political activists on social media that military authorities in Khartoum want to sell ports on the Red Sea to Russia.
Since Oct. 25, 2021, when the military removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency, Sudan has been in turmoil.
Sudan was governed by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials tasked with overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023 prior to the military takeover.