2 Sudan rebel leaders held after meeting Ethiopia PM

Two Sudanese rebel leaders were arrested early on Saturday, Opposition sources said, shortly after meeting visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is trying to mediate in a crisis threatening a transition to democracy.

Mr. Abiy had on Friday urged Sudan’s military rulers and civilian Opposition to exercise “bravery” in trying to agree steps towards democracy after the worst bloodshed since the overthrow in April of President Omar al-Bashir.

The Ethiopian Premier visited days after Sudanese forces stormed a protest camp outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum where demonstrators were demanding civilian rule. Dozens of people have been killed since Monday. While no breakthrough was announced at the end of Mr. Abiy’s one-day visit, an aide to the Ethiopian Prime Minister said the talks went well and that Mr. Abiy would be returning to Sudan soon.

However, two Opposition figures who were at Friday’s meeting with Mr. Abiy said Ismail Jallab, secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, and the armed group’s spokesman Mubarak Ardol were detained a few hours later.


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