Broad Front for the Salvation of Sudan

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

With the worsening of the political crisis in the country, the number of charters proposed by this or that party to address this crisis increases. The contents of all these charters are almost identical, and they include different issues like refusing the military-civilian partnership and adhering to a civilian transitional government, the dismantling of the Ingaz regime, reviewing and evaluating the Juba peace agreement, justice, and the transitional justice, establishing the independent national commissions, reform of the justice system, the security system, and the civil service, dissolving the armed militias, restructuring the banking system, observing a balanced foreign policy, launching the constitution-making process, the elections…etc.

It is worth mentioning that all these issues are part and parcel of the transitional period measures and tasks as stipulated in the constitutional document that has been governing the transitional period from August 17, 2019, until the date of its disruption by the 25th of October coup. What is missing here, unfortunately, is the practical move needed to embody these charters as a thread linking all the parties that initiated them to organize a unified platform. In this regard, three main steps are needed:

The first step: to highlight the commonalities in these various charters to rewrite them in one unified document. In this regard, I believe that the initiative of Sudanese Universities Chancellors and the Khartoum University Initiative has made great strides. I hope that the efforts of these two initiatives will complement and unite in one track with the UN initiative led by UNITAMS. The second step: to deduct a practical detailed roadmap to address the immediate critical stage of the crisis. It is necessary to stress here that any proposed solution must reflect the pulse of the street and the aspirations of the youth of the resistance committees. The third step: to unify the force behind these charters and the other forces for change in a leading unified platform to implement the above-mentioned details. Of course, these three steps may be intertwining and overlap without being separated arbitrarily.

Sudan today is in dire need of unifying the fragmented political and civil forces in a broad front for the democratic transformation and the salvation of the country. This broad front should be opened to all parties, organizations, political currents, intellectual trends, and personalities, in all parts of the country, which are practically involved in the struggle of going forward with the glorious December revolution to achieve its desired goals of the democratic transformation, sustainable peace, implementation of justice and the rule of law, and to fortify the country against any coup attempts and the return of the old practices of political detention, suppression of the freedom of expression and the freedom of organization and conscience, and to safeguard the basic rights of the citizens from any intrusion by the state.

The Broad Front for the Democratic Transformation and the Salvation of Sudan is based on respecting the political, organizational, and intellectual independence of all its components, and the right of each one of these components to continue its activity from its own political or intellectual platform, without tutelage or coercion, as it does not drown and confine itself in ideological controversy, or in the futile discourse that undermines the other ally, or attacking them with groundless accusations. Of course, the Broad front should not be an elitist organ limited to the political leaders and isolated from the popular grass-roots movement, but rather it should be part and parcel of this movement, interacting positively with all the grassroots activities.

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