Sudan’s army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said that the military does not have any political ambitions. In a statement, al-Burhan said that the military’s only goal is to serve the Sudanese people and that it is not seeking to control the government. He also called on all political parties to work together to form a new government that can lead Sudan to a better future.
Burhan’s statement reflects the goals of the military-led government which has been in power since the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. The Transitional Military Council has vowed to hand over power to a civilian government after a three-year transition period. While the military has not explicitly ruled out running in elections, it has said it is not seeking political power.
The Sudanese people are the only ones who we care for and whose interests and affairs we are concerned with. This is something that we take very seriously and are always working to improve. We want what is best for our people and will continue to do everything we can to help them.
The army chief’s call for Sudanese politicians to focus on the needs of the people rather than on personal agendas is a timely one. With the country in the midst of a transition to democracy, it is essential that all Sudanese citizens feel represented and that their voices are heard. Only by working together can Sudan hope to build a bright future for all.
Sudan has been in the midst of a political crisis since the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019. A power-sharing agreement between the military and the civilian opposition was reached in August, but infighting and disagreements between the two sides had stalled talks in recent months.
The December 5 agreement is seen as a major breakthrough that could finally lead to a resolution of the crisis. Under the agreement, a military- civilian government will be set up, to be followed by elections within three years. Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) will have 17 seats in the new government, while the opposition Sudanese Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) will have 15 seats.
The deal that has been signed by the political parties in Sudan pledges a 2-year transition period. This transition period will be followed by the appointment of a civilian prime minister. This is a significant agreement as it represents a move away from military rule in Sudan.
The text calls for the reform of the military and defense sector in Sudan, unifying the military and integrating the Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force, into the army. This would help to improve the overall security situation in the country and make it better able to protect its citizens.
Sudan has been without a functioning government since October 2021 when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency. This move was decried by political forces as a “military coup.” This action by the military has left Sudan in a precarious position, without a functioning government and at risk of further instability. The international community has called on the military to reverse their decision and restore the transitional government, but so far they have refused to do so. This impasse has left Sudanese citizens in a state of limbo, unsure of what the future will hold for their country.