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Sudan Sovereign Council Member: We Haven’t Yet Reached State of Emergency Stage

Sudan Sovereign Council Member: We Haven’t Yet Reached State of Emergency Stage

Friday, 23 August, 2019 - 07:15
Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman

Mohamed Alfaki Suleiman, a member of Sudan’s newly-formed Sovereign Council, revealed it was too son to announce a state of emergency over heavy rainfall that has caused floods across the country.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Alfaki said that during a meeting held between the Council and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, discussions focused on ways to confronting urgent matters, such as floods and torrential rains, and a conflict in the city of Port Sudan.

Alfaki warned that there could be more floods in the coming days because of persistent rainfall but denied that the situation has reached a point of announcing a state of emergency.

The 11-member Sovereign Council and the prime minister were sworn in this week. And a government is expected to be formed soon, said Alfaki.

Asked about the members of the government, he said the prime minister has stressed that he would not accept any candidate who is incompetent and not up to the revolution’s standards.

On measures to boost the economy, he revealed that the issue will be discussed by the prime minister and finance minister.

The Sovereign Council’s main focus at the current stage is “improving the economic situation and the war on corruption,” he told Asharq Al-Awsat.

“If we were able to fight corruption and achieve peace, we would stop the huge waste in public funds,” said Alfaki.

The civilian-majority Sovereign Council, which was sworn in Wednesday, replaces the Transitional Military Council (TMC) that took charge after months of deadly street protests brought down president Omar al-Bashir in April.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who already headed the TMC, was sworn in as the new ruling council's chairman.

Alfaki ruled out any possible tension among the Sovereign Council’s civilian and military members, saying “the two sides have a common fate.”

The country’s problems “could not be resolved in the absence of a unified political stance.”

“As representatives of the people, we should work together to overcome this stage,” he added.

Alfaki also expressed optimism on dialogue and possible agreements with Sudan’s armed movements.

“Their presence in the transitional phase is important to achieve peace,” he said.

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