Home | News    Wednesday 22 August 2018

Sudan opposition alliance considers ways to separate political and military actions


August 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi announced the formation of a committee to mull over an unambiguous separation of political and military tracks in the opposition Sudan Call alliance which gather political and armed groups.

JPEG - 20.4 kb
Sadiq al-Mahdi speaks to France 24 on 15 March 2018 (ST photo)

Al-Mahdi is accused by the government of backing the armed groups in Darfur and the Two Areas which seek to overthrow the regime of President Omer al-Bashir through the armed struggle. He is currently living in London as Egypt prevents him now from residing there.

In a written oration released from London on the occasion of Eid al-Adha holiday on Tuesday, al-Mahdi who is also the chief of Alansar religious community spoke about an undisclosed decision by the members of the Sudan Call Leadership Council in a recent meeting held last week in Paris between 17-19 August.

He said he told his allies from the armed groups that the current structure of the Sudan Call overlaps between the civil and military tracks, adding he suggested to adjust it in a way to completely separate between the peaceful civil track of the Sudan Call and the military track of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF).

"At the meeting of the leader of Sudan Call factions, it was agreed to form a committee to propose the necessary structure for the clear separation between the peaceful civil track and the military track of the Sudan Revolutionary Front alone," he said.

Also, he added that the armed groups in Darfur and the Two Areas have committed themselves to a unilateral truce they renew regularly since the Paris Declaration sealing the alliance between his National Umma Party and the SRF groups in August 2014.

Al-Mahdi has used to explain that he persuaded the armed groups to join him in the quest of a holistic negotiated settlement for the Sudanese crisis and that the government has to value his efforts to bring peace and engages in a serious process for peace and democratic reforms.

Nonetheless, he remains criticized by his allied rebel groups for calling to reconsider the arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President al-Bashir. Last July there was a large campaign by activists from western Sudan after recent statements renewing his call to reconsider Bashir’s indictment.

To explain his position, al-Mahdi Tuesday recalled his principled position against the impunity for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The leader of the Sudan Call Leadership Council has called since several years for a hybrid court from African, Arab and Sudanese judges to try President al-Bashir.

In his long speech, al-Mahdi said before to refer the Darfur case to the ICC, the Security Council had to give a chance for reconciliation and pointed to the example of South Africa and the peace agreement in Sudan between the government and the SPLM in 2005.

The Security Council cannot decide on the referral of Darfur crimes without the consent of the victims, he said.

"Before that, victims of abuse may accept to bypass criminal accountability in exchange for an interest they see as it happened before," stressed the exiled opposition leader.

Al-Mahdi is the leader of the largest opposition party in the east African country. He was Sudan’s prime minister from 1986 until the coup d’état of 30 June 1989 that brought al-Bashir to power.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Victims of Sexual Violence in Sudan Deserve Justice 2019-06-19 07:16:08 by Tchérina Jérolon, and Daisy Schmitt Today, as we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we demand accountability for sexual crimes committed in (...)

Ezekiel Lol reignites political begging as a Freedom of Expression 2019-06-14 22:49:39 Gatdiet Peter Here, the question is: to what extent does a politician become a “political beggar”? A politician becomes a beggar and (re)focuses on the “politics of begging” as soon as (s)he has (...)

Crisis in Sudan: Will Sudanese mediators unlock the impasse? 2019-06-08 11:47:09 by Luka Biong Deng Kuol* The Optimism for the New Dawn in Sudan Since the eruption of the Sudanese popular uprising on 19th December 2018, the protesters have made history not only in (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.