Sudan’s military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has lifted a state of emergency that was imposed following a coup on October 25 last year in order to, according to the Transitional Sovereign Council, create the right atmosphere for “a fruitful and meaningful dialogue that achieves stability during the transitional period”. Al Jazeera reports that Burhan has also pledged to free political prisoners to set the stage for talks among Sudanese factions.