Ethiopian PM visits Sudan to mediate crisis

Friday June 7 2019

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at a past press conference in the capital Addis Ababa. He will visit Sudan on June 7, 2019 to mediate between the military rulers and opposition alliance. PHOTO | FILE 

By The EastAfrican

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will visit Khartoum on Friday to hold talks with both the military rulers and the opposition group over the country’s political crisis, a source from the Alliance for Freedom and Change said.

The source told the The EastAfrican that the opposition alliance was invited to meet Dr Abiy during his one-day visit.

“Alliance for Freedom and Change has received an invitation for a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who will visit the country on Friday. The agenda of the invitation is only related to the talks over the political crisis in Sudan,” the source said.

Dr Abiy’s mediation comes amid the suspension of Sudan from all African Union activities until the military rulers hand over to civilian-led authority.

Sudan unrest has claimed more than 100 lives after security forces stormed a weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum.

The protests forced the military to oust veteran president Omar al-Bashir in April.

Demonstrations however remained camped out at the army headquarters calling for power to the handed over to civilians.

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