April 11, 2019 / 7:30 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. says Sudanese people should be allowed peaceful transition

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - The United States supports a peaceful and democratic Sudan and believes the Sudanese people should be allowed a peaceful transition sooner than two years from now, a State Department official said on Thursday.

“The Sudanese people should determine who leads them in their future,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said at a news briefing. “The Sudanese people have been clear that they have been demanding a civilian-led transition. They should be allowed to do so sooner than two years from now.”

Military leaders in Sudan said presidential elections would take place after a two-year period of military rule following the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander

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