US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield, arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday for talks on efforts to advance Sudan’s transition to democracy.

According to a statement by the US Embassy in Khartoum, Satterfield’s two-day visit aims “to engage the stakeholders in supporting the Sudanese people’s desire to advance the democratic transition under a civilian-led government.”

Since last October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests in response to exceptional measures taken by army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, most notably the imposition of a state of emergency and the dissolution of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government.

Political forces in Sudan have decried the measures taken by the military as a “coup”.

Prior to the military takeover, Sudan was governed by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials tasked with overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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