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Arab League chairman voices concerns over developments in Sudan
Xinhua
19:33, October 25, 2021

In this Sept. 21, 2021, file photo, traffic moves on a street in Sudan's capital Khartoum. (Photo: AP)

CAIRO, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Monday voiced deep concerns over the latest developments in Sudan, according to an AL statement.

Aboul-Gheit called on all the Sudanese parties to abide by the constitutional document signed in 2019.

"There are no problems that couldn't be solved via dialogue. It is important to respect all the deals and decisions that have been agreed upon over the transitional period until running the elections in the scheduled times," the statement said.

It is also important to refrain from any measures that would disrupt the transitional period and stability in Sudan, it added.

The Sudanese capital, Khartoum, has since the early hours of Monday witnessed military steps that culminated in the arrest of several ministers including Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other civilian leaders.

Since Oct. 16, a group defecting from the Forces of Freedom and Change alliance (FFC) has launched an open sit-in in front of the presidential palace, demanding the dissolution of the government.

The FFC, which represents the civilian component in the ruling coalition, rejects the dissolution of the government and accuses the defectors of attempting to jeopardize the democratic transition and support the military to turn against the revolution.

Since the announcement of foiling a coup attempt on Sept. 21, tensions between the military and their civilian partners in the transitional government have continued to escalate.

For a 39-month transitional period, Sudan is being ruled by a transitional government of military and civilian elements, which was established after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. The transitional period is set to be followed by elections to form a new government.