The Legislative Council Quest

Osman Mirghani

In an interview conducted by Al-Hadath TV Channel with the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, the 1st Lt. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Burhan said that the military component in the government has nothing to do with the delay of legislative council formation.

Earlier, Prime Minister, Dr. Abdallah Hamdok had called for expediting the formation of the legislative council (the parliament).

It is understood that the Transitional Period Partners’ Council includes three sides i.e. military component, the civilian component represented by the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), and the signatories of the Juba peace agreement.

The paradox here is that the military component disavowed its suspension of the parliament, while the PM as FFC representative affirmed their keenness to expedite the formation of the council, and the signatories of the Juba peace agreement stated that they support the formation of the legislative council.

This then begs the question of who is the invisible official responsible for delaying the formation of the parliament.

According to the matrix issued by the Partners’ Council, they commit to forming the legislative council on 25th February 2021 (two months ago).

It is apparent that the triple rulers are not keen on forming the parliament and that is obvious from the daily endorsement of acts in the absence of the legislative council.

Obviously, it seems that the Sudanese people, despite their enthusiasm towards revolution and change, could be easily deceived by making them busy in deliberating over dissociative issues.

These dissociative issues make people less concentrated on the issue of the legislative council formation besides losing the ability to sort out the priorities.

It is high time for the transitional period partners’ council to expedite the formation of the transitional legislative council, the constitutional court, the commissions etc…. in order to obtain the respect of the international community, which is looking suspiciously these days at our practices towards transformation to democratic rule.

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