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UN launches Sudanese political process to end post-coup crisis

UN mediation in the weeks after the coup succeeded in
reinstating Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, but his resignation last week
deepened uncertainty around Sudan’s political future and a transition towards
elections scheduled for 2023.

Neighbourhood-based resistance committees, political parties
and other pro-democracy groups have carried out an ongoing campaign of protests
under a “no negotiation” slogan, and crackdowns by security forces
have left at least 60 dead.

Unless a new course towards a transition and credible
elections can be charted, more instability within and beyond Sudanese borders
is likely, analysts and diplomats have said.

“All measures taken to date have not succeeded in
restoring the course of this transformation,” UN Special Representative
Volker Perthes said in a statement announcing the launch of the UN-facilitated
process.

“The … repeated violence against largely peaceful
protesters has only served to deepen the mistrust among all political parties
in Sudan,” he added.

Sudan’s military, armed movements, political parties, civil
society and resistance committees will be invited to participate, the UN
statement said.

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