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Trojan Horse!

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

The so-called (Sudanese People’s Call for National Reconciliation) launched by the Sheikh of a Sufi Order, El-Tayeb Al-Jid, is facing several internal and external challenges, especially after most of the social, political, and youth sectors agreed that the initiative represents a political incubator for the ousted regime. This means that the initiative is isolated from the forces of the revolution as the latter do not want to retract and accept the return of the Islamists to power through a Trojan Horse maneuver.

The initiative which is supported by General Al-Burhan excluded all the groups of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and embraced the former rebel groups of the national Consensus Coalition, Islamist groups as well as former allies of the ousted salvation regime.

The FFC leaders described the initiative as a new attempt from General Al-Burhan to establish a political coalition from a new transitional government.

Al-Jid presented his initiative last month which, according to him, aimed at holding a roundtable conference to agree on a political program for the rest of the transitional period to be enforced by a government of technocrats who would also prepare for general elections.

What is strange is that Al-Jid did not invite the FFC groups to participate in the proposed conference.

According to the FFC, the initiative is one of the attempts of military rule to create a new political and social majority.

The FFC ruled out that the initiative would succeed to achieve its goal and it would not enable the military to get the needed international legitimacy for their coup.

This means that the FFC will mobilize all its bases and start intensive consultations with the Resistance Committees to confront the initiative to come out with an agreement between the forces of the revolution on a new constitutional declaration.

It is apparent that the initiative is dominated by the rightest approaches, hence it missed its credibility towards achieving reconciliation among the political parties, and accordingly, it will lead to more fragmentations in the near future.

The initiative also failed to get any regional or international cover a matter that makes it isolated externally.

Within their endeavors to make the initiative acceptable regionally and internationally the leaders of the initiative started their contacts with regional and international forces to convince them to press the parties of the crisis to engage in the initiative after they failed to do that and the rejection of the forces of the revolution.

However, the initiative will remain just a good intentions approach without any real mechanism.

Any agreement on Sudan’s political transition requires acceptance and support from the street and resistance committees which is leading the political scene since the 25th October 2021 coup.

The international community, in general, can target its assistance mechanisms to support consultations and engagement by political forces and leaders with these community-based groups, including women and youth towards governance that is accountable to citizens which is a necessary foundation for any transitional government.

As for the stance of the international community, the issue is not to accept or reject the initiative but its outcomes and its coinciding with the standards.

The international community will not support or recognize any government unless it is acceptable by the political, revolutionary, and civilian forces.

Any government formed unilaterally without including all those forces will be considered a government without credibility.

Even the recent meeting of Al-Jid with the members of the diplomatic corps could be considered as a diplomatic courtesy and not more as it will not lead to any supportive stances from the international community, especially since the initiative has gotten the support of only the remnant of the ousted regime and those who support the ruling military component.

All the above realities indicate that the initiative is facing great challenges especially after it was labeled as an attempt to restore the ousted regime figures.

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