The Day After…

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

Although the framework agreement signed between Lieutenant-General Al-Burhan and Dr. Hamdok has brought some calm to the political scene, the country is still in crisis, and we are still experiencing the repercussions of the shock caused by the disastrous measures of the twenty-fifth of last October. These measures were a result of a political crisis that its components have been accumulating since the beginning of the transitional period, and then intensified and emerged on the surface of the political scene after the failed attempted coup of the last September, which triggered the political war between the partners leading the transitional period.

The political crisis that exacerbated after that failed coup was indeed the fuse that ignited the measures implemented by the military on the twenty-fifth of last October, but those same measures, although they claimed that their goal is to correct the course, have exacerbated the crisis, and the country entered the precipice of the catastrophe that we are in now, and we are still trying to get out of it. Any coup attempt can succeed technically, through controlling the general command of the armed forces, the radio, bridges, governmental and strategic premises, arresting politicians and activists, cutting off the internet from the country…etc.

However, given the stormy changes that taking place in our current era, internally in Sudan and globally, and in light of the new situation in the country after the December revolution, I do believe that any coup cannot hold up to repeat the cycle of repression as in the past. After the recent coup measures, the popular masses occupied the streets in the various cities of Sudan to confirm once again that the glorious December 2018 revolution was not just a hungry uprising, nor to achieve instantaneous political goals, but it is a revolution of the generation that rose to break the dead-end `horizon that the Ingaz regime had built with repression and totalitarianism, a generation that will not rest until it wins.

The youth of the Sudanese revolution fully comprehend the lessons of history, which say that it is not strange for revolutions to pass through several stages before revealing all their potentialities and finally crystallizing as a radical new formation, and the December revolution is not an exception. Revolutions can have several stages and may go through several attempts, each of which can be considered deficient and without the required success concerning the final goals, and it requires a pause for review and self-criticism, and a reconsideration of the structure, program, and tactics of the forces of the revolution, until the last stage comes, where victory is achieved. In any case, the Sudanese revolutionary youth will get what they want, sooner or later, whether we like it or not!

If the current crisis continues, there will be no winner, only the biggest loser, Sudan and its people. This situation screams at us to gather and forget, or postpone, our differences and our political and intellectual contradictions, to agree to start immediately to get the country out of the pit it fell into, and to defeat any attempts to block the path to civil democratic transformation and to work for the success of the remaining issues of the transition. In this regard, I think we need to agree on a new political document that governs the relationship between civil and military forces and defines precisely the priorities for the remaining phase of the transitional period, taking into consideration the mistakes of the past two years and the repercussions of the current crisis.

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