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Sudan and the Sails of Hope (1)

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

During the past two weeks, Sudan has witnessed three important events that filled the sails of hope on the ship of the December 2018 revolution, which is still sailing unsteadily in an atmosphere of storms and whirlwinds, searching anxiously for a safe harbor. The first event was the statement issued by the coordinating body of the Khartoum Resistance Committees on the 24th of August.

After reaffirming the loyalty of the Resistance Committees to the souls of the martyrs, and towards cementing the revolutionary cohesion and the reunification of the forces of the revolution, the statement put it clear that in light of the complex political scene which is dominated by the fragmentations and conflicts among the forces of change, the loser is the December Revolution.

It declared an initiative calling for a meeting of all political spectrum, right and left, except the Islamic parties of the Ingaz regime as well as those groups and names that supported the 25th of October, 2021coup and participated in its government. The call is also directed to the professional and workers’ associations and the local bodies struggling to achieve the needs and demands of the people.

The statement hammered strongly on the point that the proposed meeting should be governed by frank intentions and positions on the state of the people and the homeland as well as on the prospects of the revolution. It should give practical solutions to the current crisis, getting rid of the 25th of October coup and paving the way for ending the military coups in Sudan forever.

The statement strongly affirmed that the Resistance Committees will remain on their covenant with the martyrs in delivering without any compromises the goals and tasks of the revolution and towards establishing a sustainable democracy.

I do believe that this move from the Resistance Committees is a great victory in the way of sharpening the political will and searching for the unity of the forces of change, especially since it comes from a group, the resistance committees, which for a long time since the dawn of the revolution has been skeptical towards the political parties.

It goes all along with our vision and views that we had presented in one of our articles a few weeks ago when we called for the necessity of engaging the forces of freedom and change (FFC), the resistance committees, the revolutionary political forces outside the FFC, the armed movements and the civil forces in a dialogue to come up with an agreed declaration of principles, derived from the theses issued by all these forces, including the charters issued and declared by the Resistance Committees.

We also suggested that the call for this dialogue may come as an initiative from the Resistance Committees, and if needed then a facilitating role could be assumed by the tripartite mechanism, UNITAMS, the African Union, and the IGAD provided that this mechanism receives direct and tangible political support from the international & regional communities.

Our belief is that a consensus on such a Declaration of Principles will open the door to a consensus on a new constitutional document whose essence is a complete break with the civilian-military partnership formula that was in place and proved to be a big failure.

However, it is quite and deeply disturbing that until this moment we have not seen any practical and concrete steps to materialize this initiative. But hopefully, things may go forward, especially when this move from the coordinating body of the Khartoum Resistance Committees gained support from the Resistance Committees from all over Sudan as well as from all the forces of change. (To Be Continued..)

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