Sudan and the Sails of Hope (2)

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

In our last article, we said Sudan has witnessed three important events that filled the sails of hope on the ship of the December 2018 revolution, and we discussed the first event which was the call by the Khartoum Resistance Committees the last August 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 2021 coup or participated in its government.

The second great event is the elections of the Sudanese Journalists Syndicate, which took place through a real democratic practice that brought to mind a healthy atmosphere that we had long missed. This election has confirmed that the years of repression and falsification of the will of workers, even if it lasted for a long time, did not cut off the link with the legacy of the Sudanese trade union movement, which has been staunch and committed to the interests of its members since its establishment in the early fifties of the last century.

The Sudanese trade unions are always observing their independence from any political entity as well as they are continuously adhering to the trade union democracy even though for a long time they have been subjected to abuse, repression, and distortion.

While the trade unions are effective weapons to achieve the demands of the workers, employees, and professionals, they are also necessary tools for training and raising their capabilities, as well as for developing the profession and improving the work environment. Sudanese history tells us that the trade unions are peaceful, effective, and decisive weapons in the battles for political and social change.

Perhaps one of the stumbling blocks that created gaps in the protection of the December revolution, and drew zigzags in the course of the current transition period, is the alarming slowness in the trade union law legislation process and then the reluctancy to reestablish the elected trade unions as an alternative to the current steering committees. This process is supposed to be a top priority, but unfortunately, no one cares.

The third great and important event is the draft transitional constitution issued by the Sudanese Bar Association in the 1st week of this September based on the resolutions of the constitutional framework workshop, organized by the association in last August with the wide participation of political and civil forces. Knowing the critical dilemma that exists now in Sudan, I do believe that this move from the Bar Association is a very positive & constructive step forward.

The move received wide recognition and acceptance internally & externally since the basic principles identified in the transitional constitution document would be critical to achieving a reliable and effective system of the civilian-led transitional government and would open the way for the resumption of international cooperation and support, as well as it would put Sudan back on the path of the democratic transformation leading to elections at the end of the transitional period.

In my opinion, these three events have opened a wide window for the forces of the revolution to reunite and resume the revolutionary process to accomplish the tasks of the transition based on the principles of the revolution. Since this is the first time for the Resistance Committees to recognize and accept a meeting with the political parties, and since now there is an elected leader of a trade union, i.e., the journalist, others may follow, and since there is a draft document of the transitional constitution, and since the street remains active, then the hope is seen clearly.

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