Talks between Khartoum and rebel leader al-Hilu to resume imminently
The leader of the rebel group Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and the Sudanese government parted at the end of June without reaching an agreement.
After president Omar al-Bashir was deposed in 2019, a deal was struck to share power between military and civilian leaders for a transitional period leading to elections in December next year. But the ruling Sovereignty Council set up by that deal is stealthily finding ways to postpone the polls, which now will not happen before 2024.
Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and his new interior minister are attempting to launch a purge of supporters of ousted president Omar al-Bashir, particularly in the army and security services. But they also have to put out a series of fires started by die-hard fans of the ancien régime.