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Sudan’s SPA says peace process should not hamper democratic transition


Jeremiah Mamabolo (2nd R) poses with SRF leaders in Juba on 15 December (ST photo)

January 18, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) Sunday renewed calls for the formation of the transitional parliament and the replacement military governors saying peace should not be an obstacle to meet people’s demands

The two steps have been delayed to allow armed groups to conclude peace agreements with the transitional government.

However, the slow progress in the negotiations in Juba pushes the group that spearheaded the popular protests against the al-Bashir’s regime to call to enhance the democratic transition.

"We call on the Transitional Authority, and the partners of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) to take urgent steps to fill the void in the structures of the transitional institutions in a manner consistent with the previous understandings," said the statement.

The professionals pointed to the recent developments in the security situation, the living crisis, the slowdown of the measures to dismantle the former regime saying these issues require to complete the institutions of the transitional authority "without further delay".

As for the position of the armed groups hostile to the two measures, they are open to any remedies required by the outcome of the peace negotiations.

"We hope that our partners in the armed struggle will understand that peace cannot become an obstacle to meeting the urgent and necessary needs of the people," further said the statement.

" The success of the transitional period is a joint responsibility and will not be achieved without the solidarity of all".

On Friday, the SLM leader Minni Minnawi once again voiced his opposition to the appointed of state governors accusing the FFC groups of backpedalling from their pledge to wait until the signing of a peace agreement.

"The government delegation reversed its position on all the items that were agreed upon in the last period, (...) they "unashamedly said we have backpedalled on what we had agreed" before to conclude "Unfortunately, our history repeats shamelessly".

His statements were dismissed by the government and the other armed groups in a joint press conference held in Juba on the same day.


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  • 20 January 01:38, by Mayendit

    The SPA point of view is not the solution neither. As far I can tell, it will be very difficult to dissolved part of former regime while, others remains working with the new government. To solved that problem, you must remove all former regime armies or leave them one way or another.

  • 20 January 01:51, by Mayendit

    Sudan problem is not done put in mind, those army of former president Omar al Bashir are still powerful and they can even make coup or they can easily joined armies groups and overthrowing new government. I think this is just the beginning of crises but the road to formation of new government still ahead. It was so easy to jailed dictatorships Omar al Bashir but it isn’t easy to remove his army r

    • 20 January 11:29, by Fathi

      What about the SPA’s view do you disagree with? We overthrew Bashir in April of last year and our PM was appointed in August. There should be a deadline to appoint governors & parliament, even if peace process isn’t finalized. The governors can be temporary appointments. At this rate we we will not have a parliament and civilian governors for the next 12 months.

      • 20 January 11:33, by Fathi

        After discussing the principles of peace talks, they should’ve immediately discussed SRF representation in the transitional government, before addressing things such as autonomy, $ allocated to war-struck regions, and secularism. Majority of parliament & all governors are selected by the civilians. It should benefit civilian leadership not harm it.

        • 20 January 11:42, by Fathi

          Keep in mind that we wanted 100% civilian government. It was the US that pushed for a bogus civilian-led power agreement when we had all the momentum post 6/30 protest. They wanted that to justify keeping us on the SST list. https://twitter.com/statedeptspox/status/1144939377744928768

          • 20 January 11:45, by Fathi

            Another issue with "remove all former regime armies" is that we risk possible civil war where they have all the weapons. They aren’t willing to let go of power that easily especially since they get their money through corruption. A 100% civilian governments taking all their money. They probably wouldn’t mind complete chaos.

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