The head of the Sovereign Council in Sudan, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that there are no solutions to the current situation in the country except through “dissolving the government,” with the continuing political tension in the country due to differences between the civil and militIG components of the government.
Al-Burhan explained, during a speech to officers and soldiers on Monday, that “there are no solutions to the current situation except by dissolving the current government and expanding the base of political parties in the transitional government.”
He continued, “Civilians have been in constant contact with the militIG component since the beginning of the current crisis, but the militIG component rejected all attempts to continue the partnership in its previous form,” referring to its insistence not to continue the partnership, without expanding the base of political parties in the transitional government to include all parties. Except for the National Congress.
He stressed the need to “accelerate the formation of the Constitutional Court, the appointment of an independent chief justice, and the formation of a legislative council that represents all the people except for the National Congress.”
A political crisis erupted between the militIG component of the Sovereignty Council and parties in the transitional government, after a failed militIG coup on September 21, which led to the suspension of joint meetings at the level of the interim parliament in particular.
These developments come against the backdrop of the escalating political crisis in the country, which culminated in the statement by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, that the work of state institutions within the partnership, in a statement that is the first of its kind, faltered.
This is the clearest position of the MilitIG Council on the crisis between the two components in the government, and it comes after days of violent criticism by the First Deputy Chairman of the Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, “Hemedti,” regarding the subordination of the intelligence and police services to the militIG.
Hemedti said that the current crisis has shown that “civilians’ ambition is in chairs,” while the militIG’s thinking is focused on how to get the country out of its crisis, according to statements quoted by the newspaper, “Al-Sawadni.”
Hemedti explained: “We did not discuss handing over the presidency of the Sovereign Council to civilians, and it is not on our agenda at the moment because it is premature.”
Hemedti affirmed adherence to the subordination of the police and the General Intelligence Service to the militIG side, saying, “We will only hand over the police and the apparatus to an elected government,” noting that about 11,000 police resigned due to poor salaries.
He pointed out that “the portrayal of what is happening now because of the imminent handover of the Sovereign Council to civilians is a lie and a shame, and we are not talking about chairs in the shadow of a country that is moving toward the abyss.”
The civilian component responds
For his part, the Sudanese Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Khaled Omar Youssef, on Friday criticized Hemedti’s statements. He said that it represents a “threat to fulfill the obligations of the constitutional document,” vowing to address this threat “in a serious and strict manner.”
In a post on his Facebook account, the minister described the statements of the Vice-President of the Sovereignty Council as “a clear violation of the constitutional document, which clearly stipulates in Article 36 that the police are subject to the executive authority and in Article 37 that the intelligence service is subject to the sovereign and executive authorities, and never provided for any subordination.” Exclusive for the militIG for either device.
Omar stressed that the task of developing and reforming the security and militIG apparatus is “a fundamental task in determining the success of the civil democratic transition.”
He considered that “the statement constitutes a direct threat to the fulfillment of the obligations and tasks of the constitutional document, which we will address in a serious and strict manner.”