The United Arab Emirates has abandoned its former ally, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and announced its support for the measures taken by the transitional military council in Sudan in a violation of the demands of the Sudanese.
The UAE has welcomed the appointment of Abdul Fattah al-Burhan Abdul Rahman as the new head of the military council in Sudan, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
The agency said that President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been in contact with the transitional military council in Sudan to discuss areas of assistance to the Sudanese people.
Sudan is a key partner in the Saudi-UAE military alliance against the Huthis in Yemen. Thousands of Sudanese soldiers are fighting in the alliance, which began its operations in March 2015.
In its first comment since the overthrow of Bashir, the UAE said in a statement on Sunday that it “supports the steps announced by the transitional military council in Sudan to preserve lives and property and stand by the Sudanese people.”
Eight members of the transitional military council sworn in Saturday before the president of the council and the head of the judiciary, the day after the speaker of the council, Abd al-Fattah al-Burhan, sworn last Friday to succeed Defense Minister Awad ibn Auf.
Declaration of Freedom and Change on Saturday called for a transitional government to run the transitional phase and carry out the transitional tasks, in addition to the arrest and detention of all the leaders of the security and intelligence apparatus, which gave orders over 30 years, to be brought to fair trials in accordance with the Constitution.
On Saturday, thousands of Sudanese continued to gather in front of the army headquarters to “preserve the gains of the revolution,” amid fears that the army would get around it, as happened in other Arab countries, according to the protesters.
The Sudanese army leadership announced last Thursday that Bashir was arrested under the weight of popular protests that began on December 19, condemning the high prices and then calling for the overthrow of the 30-year-old regime.