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Armed Movements Seek to Oust Ruling Sudan Coalition

Armed Movements Seek to Oust Ruling Sudan Coalition

Wednesday, 25 November, 2020 - 07:00
The Revolutionary Front held a press conference at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum on Tuesday. (SUNA)

New political disagreements are looming on the horizon in Sudan between the ruling coalition and a group of armed movements that signed the Juba Peace Agreement.

The dispute arose after some of those armed movements, mainly chairman and head of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), Mini Minawi, expressed their desire to change the current political reference of the interim government through an operation dubbed “meter zeroing.”

Meanwhile, differences emerged over the division of shares in the government and the ruling bodies during the transitional period between the parties that signed the agreement, including civilians from the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), military personnel from the Sovereignty Council and representatives of armed movements.

Based on the Juba Peace Agreement, the transitional period will extend to 2023, with the armed movements having three seats in the currently 11-member Sovereign Council and 25% of seats in the cabinet and soon-to-be-formed Legislative Assembly.

A prominent leader from the Revolutionary Front told Asharq Al-Awsat there was a lack of consensus with the forces of change on the representation of armed movements in the structure of the transitional authority, as well as their representation in the governing body of the transitional government.

The leader, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: “We have had several meetings, but we have not yet reached an agreement. Consultations are continuing on this issue.”

On Tuesday, leaders of the Revolutionary Front called on the Sudanese people to preserve the peace achieved in Juba and to assist in implementing it.

The announcement came during a press conference held by the Revolutionary Front in Khartoum held in the presence of a large number of its leaders, mainly Minawi, a number of local and international media and representatives of the armed struggle movements.

Minawi said the government should focus at this stage on providing the basic needs of the citizens.

He stressed the need to remove the gap between the center and the margin, which he said had lasted for more than 60 years by reaching reconciliations with them in order to create a new Sudan.

He pointed out that the process of returning refugees and displaced persons will begin after the formation of the government, affirming his welcome to those who did not sign the Juba agreement.

He called on the government to continue its efforts to pursue dialogue with them until lasting peace that achieves security, peace and stability in the country is reached.

Also on Tuesday, leaders from the Sudanese Revolutionary Front demanded the restructuring of the Sovereignty Council and the government, stressing the need to agree on criteria for the selection of office holders in both bodies.

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