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Sudanese Professionals Association Rejects Calls for Govt. Change

Sudanese Professionals Association Rejects Calls for Govt. Change

Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 - 08:45
Sudanese demonstrators attend a protest outside the presidential palace in Khartoum (Reuters file photo)

The Sudanese Professionals Association rejected efforts to restore the former regime and calls for changing the current transitional government.

Member of the Association’s Secretariat, Mohammad Naji al-Assam, told a press conference in Khartoum that the Sudanese people will not respond to the calls by members of the former regime to change the transitional government, which was formed following a popular revolt that led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir.

He added that the Islamic Front project failed, noting that the Sudanese people will not welcome the restoration of the former regime.

“They have ruled Sudan for 30 years and have wreaked death, corruption and displacement. I do not think the Sudanese people will accept the return of the previous regime.”

Members of the former regime began a social media campaign to organize a march on December 14, under the slogan “Green March”, calling for a government change.

Assam acknowledged the failure of some of the transitional government ministers to remove symbols of the previous regime and restore and restructure the transitional authority. He added that the Professionals Association is closely following these issues and has discussed them with the transitional government.

The Association declared its full support for the transitional government in implementing the law to dismantle the previous regime.

It called on the transitional government to expedite the issuance of decisions to dissolve the remnant unions and syndicates of the former regime, led by the Sudanese Workers Union. It also called for freezing their assets and confiscating their properties.

Assam addressed the recent visit of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to US, describing it “an important step” in restoring relations between Washington and Khartoum, which will help remove Sudan’s name from list of state sponsors of terrorism.

He also asserted the Association’s support to the government in finding a political solution for the Yemeni crisis, calling for dialogue on the decision to withdraw Sudanese troops from there.

Hamdok announced on Sunday that Khartoum will reduce the number of troops it has in Yemen from 15,000 to 5,000, confirming a drawdown in a conflict, which he said could not be solved militarily.

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