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FFC groups to press prime minister on Sudan civilian governors

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Member of the Sudanese Communist Party's central committee, Siddiq Yousef poses at the party's office on May 7, 2014 in Khartoum (AFP/Ebrahim Hamid Photo)

March 5, 2020 (KHARTOUM)- A leading member of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) said they will meet the Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok to discuss the awaited appointment of civilian governors.

Hamdok and the coalition that brought him to power diverge on the timing of the appointment of civilian governors as the FFC are pressed by their bases to replace military governors while Hamdok prefers to appoint them after a peace agreement with the armed groups.

"We asked for a meeting as soon as possible with the Prime Minister to resolve the appointment of civilian state governors," said Siddiq Youssef, in statements to Sudan Tribune, on Wednesday.

Youssef emphasized that the delayed appointment of civilian governors until now has become a problem, in light of the failure of the government and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) to reach understandings on the appointment of temporary governors to the states.

He pointed out that the assignment of state governors can no longer wait, as the negotiating parties in Juba agreed to amend the Constitutional Declaration governing the transitional period.

"If the expected peace agreement provides to reshuffle the governors that we wish to assign, then the change will take place," he emphasized.

Siddiq and other members of the FFC leadership council recently returned from the South Sudanese capital after a series of meetings with the SRF leaders.

The two sides failed to agree on the percentage that the FFC can concede to the armed groups who want to have 40% of the government positions.

Last Tuesday Shams al-Din Khabbashi a member of the Sovereign Council who is also a member of the government negotiating team said that the prime minister told them he will not appoint civilian governors before the signing of a peace agreement.

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  • 5 March 10:36, by Fathi

    If the military is involved in peace negotiations with rebels then they too should make concessions. Even if agreed on the 40%, why should the concessions come only from the civilian side? Also how can they demand 40% when the SRF don’t even represent all the armed groups in Sudan?

    • 5 March 10:39, by Fathi

      As the British ambassador for Sudan noted, the civilians have made plenty of concessions to the armed groups. This includes "30% representation in all levels of federal government; peace deal to be incorporated into constitutional document; special courts to deal with war crimes; co-operation with the ICC, 20% Darfuris in civil service."

      • 5 March 10:42, by Fathi

        The government has also extended peace talks twice but there is still much left to be discussed ... Why are they refusing temporary governors until peace agreement has concluded?

      • 5 March 10:42, by Fathi

        The government has also extended peace talks twice but there is still much left to be discussed ... Why are they refusing temporary governors?

  • 5 March 10:46, by Fathi

    It appears as though the SRF have no sense of urgency in concluding the peace talks. Their demand of extending the transition and allowing members of sovereign council to run for elections are concerning. They appear unwilling to make concessions or compromises.

    • 5 March 10:50, by Fathi

      The PM should agree to temporary civilian governors to slow down military consolidation of power. The SRF must compromise. They can’t hold the transition hostage forever, especially while the economy continues to deteriorate. Hopefully, the move will push them to compromise.

  • 5 March 10:59, by Fathi

    I find it ridiculous and annoying that US government can make a peace deal with their arch nemesis the damn Taliban, faster than a "civilian-led" government can make a peace with the armed groups in Sudan



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