Malik Agar: Sudan transitional council plans for inclusive political process

Sudan's Transitional Council claims to be charting a path to lasting peace through a comprehensive political process.

Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council intends to orchestrate a comprehensive political process involving all civil political factions within the country Malik Agar, the council’s deputy chairman, revealed Tuesday during a press conference.

Agar emphasized that through extensive deliberations with various political entities and civil society organizations in Sudan, a detailed roadmap has been formulated. This roadmap serves as the foundation for the Sudanese government’s strategy to implement a mechanism aimed at ending the ongoing conflict.

One of the crucial components of this roadmap is the establishment of a ceasefire between the Sudanese armed forces and the paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Agar elaborated.

Furthermore, Agar stated: “The necessary conditions will be established to facilitate a comprehensive political process that will encompass all civil political forces interested in shaping the future of the Sudanese state.”

Following the cessation of hostilities between the armed forces and the RSF, an envisioned “formation period” will ensue. During this phase, the nation will undergo essential reforms and efforts toward rebuilding and restoration, as outlined by the council’s officials.

Sudan’s political movements united Monday under the banner of the Forces of Freedom and Change coalition and held discussions in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. Their deliberations centered on the potential avenues to bring an end to the hostilities and foster a smooth transition toward civilian governance.

The conflict between Sudan’s conventional armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces erupted in mid-April, resulting in violent clashes that have persisted.

Malik Agar, deputy of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council proposed earlier in the month a road map to end the war that has been ravaging the country for the past 4 months. 

Sudan News website revealed that Agar’s road map starts with separating the fighting forces to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. 

After handling the immediate humanitarian needs, a political strategy is to be devised for the purpose of consolidating a government rather than splitting administrative authority.

This proposed peace road map followed Agar’s meeting with the leadership of the “Women Against War” initiative: in which the latter expressed their women’s wishes and determination to stop the war.

The Sudanese official then affirmed that he resonates the objectives of the initiative and expressed his willingness to work with those in charge of the initiative to end the war, especially because the first victims of the war were women. 

As violence between the forces of rival generals raged in the western Darfur region, many locals alleged that Sudan’s paramilitaries had forced citizens to leave their houses in the capital’s south.

Many of the fighting incidents have taken place in Khartoum’s densely populated neighborhoods, driving 1.7 million people from their homes and forcing the millions of those who are still there to seek refuge from the crossfire in their homes amid scarce water and power.

At least 3,900 people have died and almost 3.5 million people have been displaced as a result of the conflict between army leader Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and his former deputy, RSF commander Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo.

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