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Sudan Democracy First Group

Letter to the PM on Political Consensus

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Date: March 1, 2021

To HE, the Prime minister

Subject: Proposed Deliberative Conference to Agree on the tasks of the transitional government and the transitional period

 

Prelude

Sudan’s current transition period, started after the toppling of General el Bashir’s regime on the 12th of April,2019 , through a popular revolution unprecedented in some of its aspects and tools of work. The social forces that it represented and their language and slogans which embodied the dreams of the people of Sudan, of freedom, peace and justice, faces some challenges on the path to succeed. It followed an authoritarian, military regime which ruled for thirty years, in which it practiced extreme sorts of large-scale and multi-forms of exclusion, repression, oppression on the Sudanese people and its political forces.

The December revolution opened a new horizon for the project of national building, and provided a different climate for addressing the historical imbalance in the path of the post-independence state in Sudan, which was not able to achieve a stable system of democratic governance that is based on a national project that in turn is grounded on the management of the Sudanese diversity of acute multiplicity, as well as addressing the big issues that have held up Sudan from achieving political, economic and social development, due to the lack of access to formulas that answer the questions related to four fundamental issues that formed the historical crisis of the post-independence state in Sudan. These are the questions of participation, the system of governance and administration, legitimacy, identity and resource management.

The present transitional period is marred by many challenges and complications, which faced  the first stage of the life of its government and its political forces, and created difficulties in seeking to reach a common, harmonious and easy-to-lead horizon, despite the great achievements in the government’s management of the dossier of foreign relations and sanctions, and reaching a partial peaceful settlement of the conflicts with the armed  movements of the coalition of the Sudan  Revolutionary Front. Which is something calling to ponder on, and work to open paths of realistic and wide dialogue, between the components of the political process and the transitional government, in order to find a common ground that is broader, to enable everyone to reconsider their stands, restore the fissures in the body of the transitional political scene, and tighten the coordination between all components on the issues the transitional period is concerned with. This is what formed the impetus for proposing this deliberative conference of the Sudanese political forces.

 

In Brief

The popular revolution in Sudan Kicked off in December, 2018. It came as a culmination of the long struggles of the Sudanese for freedom, peace and justice, and liberation from the yoke of tyranny of an ideologued military rule, which lasted for thirty years and led the country to splinter; committed violations and serious and widespread crimes against the citizens of Sudan. It was necessary for the Sudanese political forces to quickly respond to the revolution’s spark and constitute the political leadership necessary to the revolution. Components of civilian political forces, some of the armed forces, represented by the coalition of the Revolutionary Front, professionals groups and gatherings of civil society organizations agreed on the formation of a wide political coalition which consisted of five blocks that formed the political leadership of the revolution. It obtained that in accordance with the popular revolutionary mandate to lead the revolution, and help it achieve the aspirations and dreams of the Sudanese people in peace and democratic transition and to pave the road to progress and development.