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Sudan's Ruling Coalition Accuses Military of Threatening Transition

Sudan's Ruling Coalition Accuses Military of Threatening Transition

Friday, 24 September, 2021 - 08:00
Vehicles drive along a main road near the "Local Market" in the south of Sudan's capital Khartoum on September 22, 2021. (Photo by Ebrahim HAMID / AFP)

Sudan's ruling coalition said statements made by the Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan 'Hemeti' Daglo, are a direct threat to the democratic transition in the country.

The coalition said it would strongly confront any attempts to undermine the transition in the country in response to the violent attack launched by the military component on the civilian government.

The Forces of Freedom and Change coalition condemned Burhan and Dagalo's comments, blaming "politicians" for an attempted coup and stressing that the December 2019 revolution marked a path of transition.

It said that the two military leaders had made "baseless accusations," which were a "direct threat to democratic transition" in Sudan.

It indicated that the coup attempt was failed through the efforts of the armed forces.

The coalition called for the reform of the military and security services and implementing the security clauses of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA).

It also demanded the involvement of the civil apparatus in the investigations of the military in the failed coup, in order to name the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

On Tuesday, the Sudanese government said it thwarted the coup attempt and arrested 21 senior officers and soldiers, who are being investigated.

The Prime Minister accused parties within the armed forces and the remnants of the ousted regime of orchestrating the plot.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council condemned in the strongest terms Tuesday's attempt to disrupt Sudan's transition by force.

In a press statement, Council members reiterated full support to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in his endeavors to see Sudan through a successful transition in a manner that achieves the hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese people for an inclusive, peaceful, stable, democratic, and prosperous future.

Council members urged all stakeholders to engage constructively with the national initiative known as "The National Crisis and Issues of the Transition -- The Way Forward."

The head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, rejected any calls for a military coup or the replacement of the transitional government with military rule.

"I also want to stress the need for the continued commitment of all stakeholders to an inclusive transition process and to realize the aspirations of the Sudanese people towards a peaceful, stable and democratic future."

In turn, the Sudanese Congress Party, one of the main factions in the ruling coalition, described the military leaders' speech as a "dangerous indication" and a call to monopolize power.

The party said in a statement that the success of the transitional period is a "joint integrative responsibility" between the military and civilian components, noting that the statements of the head of the Sovereign Council and his deputy are an escape from the responsibilities towards the transitional period.

The statement blamed the military for the failure to resolve the security chaos in the country and the repeated coup attempts.

It said the military failed to perform its duties in maintaining security as stated in the constitutional document, which calls for implementing the necessary reforms in the security and military agencies.

The party demanded that the investment companies of the armed forces and security services be subject to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.

It encouraged civilian and military actors to commit and cooperate to reach a complete transition, as stipulated in the constitutional document and the JPA.

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