Angry crowds are demanding full civilian rule in Sudan and the return of the army to its barracks, amid diverging positions on a dialogue initiative launched by the United Nations.
In conjunction with the escalation in the street, the Executive Office of the Forces of Freedom and Change will hold a meeting, Thursday, to resolve its position on the dialogue initiative launched by the United Nations at the beginning of the week.
Sherif Othman, a member of the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and change For “Sky News Arabia”, “The position of freedom and change will depend on the general framework of the initiative and its response to the demands of the street, in addition to the nature of the parties with which it will take place. dialogue“.
Othman stressed the principled position regarding the refusal to dialogue with him Military Council In its current configuration, he explained that “any dialogue that does not lead to full civilian rule for the transitional period will not be accepted by the forces of freedom and change.”
Thousands of Sudanese gathered in the capital, Khartoum, and a number of other Sudanese cities, in new protest rallies, continuing to denounce the measures taken by the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on October 25, according to which he declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers.
Meanwhile, the UN envoy to Sudan, Volker Peretz, stressed that the mission of the UN initiative is only to facilitate the meeting of the Sudanese parties and to sit at one negotiating table, and it has no points to put forward or impose on the Sudanese parties.
Information obtained by “Sky News Arabia” revealed that preliminary discussions with a number of political forces focused on 4 basic elements, most notably the abolition of the Sovereignty Council and its replacement with an honorary presidential council consisting of 3 civilian members.
The points also include a Security and Defense Council, granting the Prime Minister full executive powers, including forming a government of independent competencies with greater representation for women, and based on the constitutional document signed in 2019.
Initial discussions did not rule out the return of the resigned Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok again, as he is an internationally accepted figure that Sudan needs at the present time.
Attitudes towards the initiative varied greatly. While some political forces welcomed it, it was initially rejected by other forces, including the Professionals Association and effective parties and entities leading the current protests.
For more than two months, Sudan has been experiencing a stifling political and security crisis and a state of economic and service paralysis due to the continuous wave of protests, fueled by the October 25 measures.
The army’s actions received wide international condemnation as well, as it prompted the United States of America, European Union countries and international financial institutions to freeze their aid to the country.