In Sudan, the powerful military leader “Hemetti” reveals his

In an interview last night with the BBC, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, nicknamed “Hemetti”, said he did not want to stand in the 2023 elections. But he could reconsider his position if the situation in the country continued to deteriorate.

“The October coup failed. We failed to bring about change. The situation has only gotten worse,” said “Hemetti” from El Geneina, Darfur. Words that stand out for their honesty, but are far from innocent, because the leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has for a long time shaped his image as a leader and peacemaker. “Hemetti” is number two in the Sovereignty Council, the body that governs the country and is made up entirely of soldiers, especially since the coup last October. He has also led the RSF since 2013. The paramilitaries are accused of bloody crimes in Darfur during the civil war and several abuses over the years in the country.

“I have no ambitions to stand for election. But if we see that Sudan is heading towards the abyss, we will be there, we are part of the Sudanese people,” he said, revealing political ambitions for the first time.

But for several months “Hemetti” has been taking care of his public relations and his stature. He officially left to settle in Darfur to seal reconciliation agreements between Arab and non-Arab tribes. He promised to pay compensation out of pocket to the victims’ families. He also promised the creation of a special fund to guarantee the return of the displaced.

Some believe that with his influence and wealth he represents a serious candidate. But others hate him. If some interpreters his activism and its promises as a communications operation, others see it as a way to prove its influence, even to prove crucial to the country’s stability.

Researcher Jérôme Tubiana, specialist in Sudan, is not surprised by the words of the warlord: “He is already playing a political role, a military role, an important economic role.”

If it is not realistic, it is firstly because he is not part of the traditional Sudanese elite, he is not educated, he is not from the middle of the country, he is from Darfur and no Darfurian has ever ruled this country …

Jérôme Tubiana, researcher

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