Respect Engagements

When former Sudanese leader Omar Al Bashir was toppled in 2019 after mass street demonstrations, many Sudanese thought the civil strife in the country was over especially after the putting in place of a Sovereign Council comprising civilian and military officials. Little did they know the country will soon enter into another turbulent phase nurtured by incessant disagreement between civilian members and military officials of the Sovereign Council that have the responsibility of organizing free and transparent Parliamentary and Presidential elections.
More than two years after, the two camps have not been able to agree on the fundamental aspects of the basic document. The few reforms that the Prime Minister Abdallar Hamdok tried to implement like slashing fuel subsidies, stopping military officials from heading State corporations and be involved in illicit business transactions were blocked by the military to the dismay of the population that is now divided with pro-military takeover clashing on the streets of the capital Khartoum against those pledging for the implementation of reforms. 
Thus, the arrest of Prime Minister Hamdok and dissolution of his government by the head of the Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman, has not only alarmed many international powers, but also left many asking questions on the state of the economy which is in a deep crisis, with high inflation and shortages of food, fuel and medicine.
“General Abdel” unilateral declaration of a state of emergency and dissolution of the cabinet, the council and announcing the holding of elections in July 2023, is a clear violation of the transitional charter that was put in place with the benediction of the international community. With the military now in full control of the strategic apparatus of the State, it is now left on the Sudanese political class to take stand against the illegal acquisition of power through arms and the international community like the African Union, the UN and the EU, as well as the Arab League to pressurize General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman and his click to re-instate the detained head of government, his cabinet and respect the different engagements in order to avoid another blood bath. 
 

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