the opposition sees in General al-Burhan’s proposal

Unsurprisingly, on Tuesday, July 5, Sudanese political forces rejected the proposal of the army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who had announced the day before to open the way for civilian forces to form a government, at the end of a dialogue process in which the army would not participate.

Gathered a good portion of the night and morning, the Forces of Freedom and Change finally responded on Tuesday afternoon to the army chief’s messages. For them, it is a non-event. Even worse, “a betrayal,” according to the coalition’s framework, a diversion “that tends to believe the army is returning to its barracks,” according to another.

The coordination of the capital’s resistance committees, for their part, published a violent and threatening press release against the general and his allies, and promised to bring them to justice. The Communist Party has not officially responded, but an official said they did not take the announcements seriously.

In addition, several observers have underlined the ambiguity of Generaland promised, for example, the creation of a “Supreme Military Council”, which would be responsible for national defense, but also for the central bank and diplomacy.

The civilian opposition therefore unanimously called on the Sudanese to maintain pressure on the Putschists. Especially through sit-ins, which have been reformed in the capital, after being dispersed by force during the night. Even this with strikes that began on Tuesday, especially among teachers and doctors.

For researcher Kholood Khair, head of the Confluence Advisory Institute, “the general’s announcement was intended to give the impression that the military was ready to transfer power to civilians”, but Abdel Fattah al-Burhan could have continued to rule Sudan from “Security” and the Defense Council “with “unlimited and ill-defined powers”.

The general’s announcement was intended to give the impression that the military was ready to hand over power to civilians. But the same soldiers have spent months creating divisions within the civilian forces, to the extent that they are fully aware of the difficulty for their opponents in quickly agreeing on the composition of a civilian government. In reality, the military junta is not prepared to hand over the levers of power to civilians. They claim that they continue to control the central bank, part of foreign policy and that arbitration issues of “sovereignty”, which means everything and nothing. Above all, it seems that General al-Burhan is trying to reorganize the forces supporting his coup, and in particular the army and the rapid support forces, within a Security and Defense Council that would have unlimited and ill-defined powers, which would allow him to continue to govern Sudan from this new political entity.

“The junta is not willing to hand over the levers of power” to civilians, according to Kholood Khair, director of the Confluence Advisory Institute

Meanwhile, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhans was in Nairobi on Tuesday for an extraordinary summit of the regional organization Igad, where he met in particular with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ethiopia and Sudan have been at odds for months on the issue of the triangle El-Fashaga, a disputed territory on the border between the two countries.

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