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Sudanese political party says parliament must approve Israel deal

National Umma Party informs Sovereignty Council that Israel-Sudan normalization must be approved by an elected parliament

Sudanese political party says parliament must approve Israel deal
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) address the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

(The African Stand) — A Sudanese political party has called for the approval of a normalization agreement with Israel by an elected parliament, not by the transitional government, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, the National Umma Party said its leader Sadiq al-Mahdi met with the head of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on Sunday during which they discussed normalization with Israel.

Al-Mahdi said the party’s consistent support to the transitional government will continue on the condition that the normalization issue will be referred to as “an elected parliament”.

Sudan decided to normalize relations with Israel after US President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday to remove the northeast African country from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. The agreement was announced in a call with Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On Aug. 21, 2019, a transitional stage began in Sudan for a period of 39 months after which elections will be held in late 2022. During the transitional stage, power is being shared by the army and the Coalition for Freedom and Change, the leader of popular protests.

Hassan Juma

Written by Hassan Juma

Hassan Juma is an international reporter who graduated with a degree from The United States International University where he majored in Journalism and International Relations and he is currently working for African Stand as a senior reporter covering the Middle East, US, Asia, and Europe.

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