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Conflicting Statements Complicate Sudan Crisis

Conflicting Statements Complicate Sudan Crisis

Monday, 11 April, 2022 - 09:00
Men perform the sunset prayer before breaking their fast with a collective Iftar meal in front of a mosque along the Jazeera State highway in the village of al-Nuba, about 50 kilometers south of Sudan's capital, on April 8, 2022, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AFP)

Spokesman of Sudan's Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) civilian alliance Jaafar Hassan dismissed reports about negotiations being held between the alliance and the army leadership.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the FFC is committed to its position of rejecting any partnership, negotiations or recognition of the military rule.

Hassan said the “fabricated” news are “agendas” promoted by some rival parties in an attempt to drive a wedge between political forces and citizens.

He noted that similar rumors spread every time the revolution forces are on the verge of reaching reconciliation and unity.

Hassan added that the alliance urged the Revolutionary Front to take a firm stance in response to the recent developments in the country.

The FFC received the Revolutionary Front’s reconciliation initiative, Hassan revealed, adding that the alliance will review it before announcing its position.

Meanwhile, the local Al-Tayyar daily quoted a source from the military as saying that talks are ongoing between the FFC’s Central Council and the Sovereign Transitional Council.

Media reports have said an alliance has been formed between Sadiq al-Mahdi’s National Umma Party, Muhammad al-Mirghani’s Democratic Unionist Party and forces loyal to the ousted Islamist regime.

The news was confirmed by the designated head of the National Umma Party, Fadlallah Burma Nasser, who said that one of his party’s responsibilities is to allow all the Sudanese to address the crisis.

Nasser told the official Sudanese television that both parties are jointly coordinating and have set a future vision to unite the country based on comprehensive national accord.

A prominent Democratic Unionist Party official said both parties share the responsibility of addressing the current challenges, which requires joint coordination to reach national consensus and achieve the democratic transition.

However, deputy head of the Umma Party Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi asserted that the party will not join any government that consolidates the army's control over the country.

She deemed as “baseless” claims that her party approved the military coup or has held talks with the military leaders outside the dialogue called for by the Umma Party.

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