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Biden orders sanctions on Sudanese obstructing transfer to democracy

Biden orders sanctions on Sudanese obstructing transfer to democracy

US President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered sanctions on Sudanese personalities whose acts threatened Sudan’s peace and security and who sought to put snags in the process of establishing democratic and civil rule in the troubled nation.

In a message to the Congress and the Senate chairpersons, Biden noted that the curbs were also applicable on persons who attempted to undermine establishment of interim civil rule and transfer to democracy in Sudan.

Biden stated, “I have issued an Executive Order that expands the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13067 of November 3, 1997 (Blocking Sudanese Government Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Sudan), and expanded by Executive Order 13400 of April 26, 2006 (Blocking Property of Persons in Connection With the Conflict in Sudan’s Darfur Region). “I find that the situation in Sudan, including the military’s seizure of power in October 2021 and the outbreak of inter-service fighting in April 2023, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. It is the policy of the United States to support a transition to democracy and civilian transitional government in Sudan, to defend such a transitional government from those who would prevent its initial formation through violence and other methods, and, once formed, to protect it from those who would undermine it.

The United States, in cooperation with like-minded partners, will help such a transitional government, when formed, meet the needs of the Sudanese people and prepare for democratic elections.” Biden continued, “Through this Executive Order, I am imposing sanctions on persons determined to have engaged or attempted to engage in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, or stability of Sudan; actions or policies that undermine the formation or operation of a civilian transitional government, Sudan’s transition to democracy ..” The curbs also target Sudanese who sought to obstruct establishment of a future democratically elected government, attempted to limit freedom of expression, were involved in corruption, serious human rights abuse; the targeting of women, children, or any other civilians; the obstruction of the activities of United Nations missions; and attacks against United Nations missions.

Source: Kuwait News Agency