RCs National Charter

Omer B. Abu Haraz

I think the recently presented charter by the Resistance Committees (RCs) is a positive step in the direction of creating two political blocs each having its supporters with a consensus on major issues.

The formation of two political blocs is conducive to a radical change in the system of governance in Sudan, this being a change from the failed chronic parliamentary system to a presidential one.

The RCs became a phenomenon in the contemporary policies of Sudan. The evolution to RCs started 40 years ago when the Professional Trade Unions (PTU) succeeded in ousting the military autocratic regime of the May 1969 coup. The PTUs led the streets in big demonstrations for a week followed by a 100% successful political strike that crippled all government bodies and services – power outage, civil aviation, air traffic, TV, radio broadcasting, and all other official government departments. The strike was staged on April 3, 1985.

On April 6, the army top brass led by Field marshal Swar El-Dahab aligned with the people and seized power by ousting President Nimerie who had been in power for 16 years. He was outside the country on a visit to America. The second stage of the evolution to RCs was in September 2013 when again the PTU led the streets in massive demonstrations under the name of the Association of Sudanese Professionals (ASP) against the autocratic Islamic regime of President Al-Bashir. They were about to win but the Islamic regime quelled the popular insurgence by the use of excessive force that claimed the lives of more than 200 martyrs. The ASP did not back down. They opted for well-calculated clandestine activities for 5 years when they emerged as leaders of popular demonstrations in Damazin and Atbara in December 2018 followed by well-organized massive demonstrations culminating in a historic unprecedented sit-in of millions around the army H.Q. on April 6, 2019.

On April 11, the army top brass aligned with people and declared seizing power, apprehending President Al-Bashir and the leaders of the Salvation Regime who ruled for 30 years. The third stage of the evolution of the popular resistance is the present RCs who emerged as a powerful popular movement immediately after the ruthless unethical back-stabbing of dispersing the sit-in youth when they were sleeping on the 3rd of June 2019 that claimed the lives of thousands and thousands of missing-in-action (MIA). RCs activities stopped for some time after the ratification of the constitutional document on August 17, 2019, and the formation of the technical government under the premiership of Dr. Hamdok.

RCs activities were rekindled by the dissolving of the technocrat government and the formation of a partisan government following the rectification of the Juba Peace Agreement in October 2020.

RCs demonstrations of millions re-emerged vigorously immediately after the military coup of October 25th, 2021. Well-organized timely schedules of the demonstrations are in place since then to date.

After 4 months of demonstrations, the RCs presented a charter to be accepted or amended by any political entity. Sadly enough some political entities criticized it subjectively rather than objectively. They claim that it is a hideaway of the Communist  Party. OK suppose it is so, the objective so, the objective approach is to concentrate on contents and point out their objections on the articles rather than pointing fingers at the Communist Party. They have the right to reject the charter altogether but at the same time, they have to produce another charter that bears their vision to free the country from the present dreadful stalemate shrouding and blocking the healthy horizon of the future of Sudan.

Presentation of another charter will lead to the formation of healthy two blocs in the arena. One will be the RCs around which will rally the leftists; the other will be a bloc of rightists. The creation of two blocs is conducive to the radical governance Presidential System which will replace the crippling fragmentation of hundreds of political entities.

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