President of the Sovereign Transitional Council Advocates Dissolving the Government of Sudan to “Expand” Participation


The president of the Sovereign Transitional Council of Sudan, Abdulfatá al Burhan, has advocated for achieving a national consensus and “expanding” the base of political participation, which would mean “dissolving the Government”, amid tensions between civilians and the military after the attempted coup in September.

“The Armed Forces demand a return to the founding platform to bring together national political forces, except the National Congress Party – the formation of former president Omar Hasan al Bashir – so that they can participate in the creation of the future,” he said. saying.

“Civil attempts to continue the coalition in its previous form are rejected. There is no solution to the current situation without dissolving the government,” Al Burhan said, according to the Sudan news portal Sudan Tribune.

The government headed by Abdalá Hamdok as prime minister faces tensions with an influential tribe in the east of the country that has blocked ports and roads in recent weeks, as well as several disagreements with the military and requests from a sector of the Forces coalition for Freedom and Change (FFC) to have greater representation in the Executive.

In this sense, the recently created National Consensus Group of the FFC, which brings together several of the rebel groups that signed the historic peace agreement of October 2020, has called for a new Government and has shown its support for the military and the demands of the protesters in the east of the country.

This group has called a protest on October 16 in the capital, Khartoum, to demand a government reshuffle. “This failed government must leave without regret to form a technocratic government to solve the crisis in eastern Sudan, said the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party-Revolutionary Front, Tom Hayo.

The Executive was announced in February 2021 to include representatives of the rebel groups that signed the peace agreement. In it, the FFC groups appointed their representatives, instead of technocrats, as happened in the first government led by Hamdok after the agreement between civilians and the military after the coup that overthrew Al Bashir in April 2019.

For his part, Moataz Salé, representative of civil society groups on the central council of the FFC, stressed that Al Burhan “does not have the right to speak about dissolving the Government, which can only be dissolved and formed by the FFC – one of the main elements behind the 2019 protests against Al Bashir– “.

Salé stressed that “the Army must join hands with the FFC” to solve the crisis in the east of the country and recalled that it emanates from the peace agreement that the Army negotiated with the armed groups that ended up joining the document.

Civilian and military elements of Sudan’s transitional authorities have exchanged criticism and accusations in recent weeks in relation to the attempted coup, blamed by the authorities on soldiers linked to Al Bashir.

The transitional authorities were established after an agreement between the military junta established after the coup that overthrew Al Bashir in April 2019, and various civil organizations and opposition political formations, with the aim of launching a series of reforms and prepare the next elections.

This Government has initiated a battery of social and economic reforms – some of which have caused unrest among the population, such as the withdrawal of subsidies – and has reached a peace agreement with important rebel groups in Darfur and other areas of the country. .

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