Sudan.. The Sovereignty Council announces the start of practical preparations to organize general elections
The Sovereignty Council in Sudan confirmed that it had started making the necessary preparations for holding the upcoming elections, which it said would lead to the consolidation of the democratic transition in the country, while a presidential source said that the council had not received an official message regarding Hamdok’s resignation.
The Council stressed the need to ensure the participation of citizens in choosing an elected government through the ballot boxes at the end of the scheduling prepared by the National Elections Commission, which begins in early January 2023 and ends in July 2023.
The council recommended starting electoral awareness through various media, and providing logistical requirements and electoral materials.
Sovereignty Council spokeswoman Salma Abdel-Jabbar said that the council listened to an adequate explanation from the commission regarding the history of the electoral process, and recommended starting electoral awareness through various media, and providing logistical requirements and electoral materials.
Today, Tuesday, the Electoral Commission announced that the elections will be held in accordance with international standards and in accordance with a governing law that guarantees all political parties effective participation.
In another development, an informed presidential source told Al Jazeera that the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council had not received any official message stating the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, and that the Speaker of the Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, was keen to complete Hamdok’s duties.
Sources close to Hamdok said that he had prepared a draft statement addressed to the Sudanese people, explaining the reasons for his resignation, which are due to the lack of consensus of political forces and their insistence on “zero equations,” according to the source.
He added that Hamdok’s residence is now witnessing the influx of a large number of leaders of political forces, and he will hold a meeting this evening, Tuesday, with a number of mediators who made a quick round of contacts between the various leaders of the political forces, to reach a solution that avoids the country’s political crisis.
The forces of the national movement
On the other hand, a group of Sudanese political parties and tribal entities announced the inauguration of a new political alliance called the “National Movement Forces” aimed at working on reconciliation between political and social forces and stopping what they described as foreign interference in the country’s affairs.
Yesterday, Monday in Khartoum, the head of the Tijani coalition, Sissi, said that the coalition’s demand is based on the need to hold fair elections.
He stressed that the coalition, which includes the Forces of Freedom and Change, the National Accord Group, the Sudan Justice Alliance, the National Liberation Front, the Democratic Unionist Party and other entities, will accept their results, no matter what.
Since August 21, 2019, Sudan has been living a transitional period that ends with elections in July 2023, during which power is shared by the army, civilian forces and armed movements that signed an agreement with the government to bring peace in 2020.
On November 21, Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok signed a political agreement that stipulated the latter’s return to his position, the formation of a government of competencies (without party affiliations), the release of political detainees, and the two parties pledged to work together to complete the democratic path.
This agreement attempts to address a political crisis, as Sudan has witnessed, since last October 25, protests against measures taken by Al-Burhan on the same day, which included declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and the Transitional Ministers, and dismissing Hamdok, after the arrest of party leaders and officials, within measures described by political and civil forces. It’s a military coup.
Countries and regional and international organizations welcomed the Burhan and Hamdok agreement, but Sudanese political and civil forces consider it an attempt to legitimize the coup and continue protests calling for full civilian rule.