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Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Columnist Amal Ahmed Tabidy believes that the recently signed political deal consecrates for a military rule, arguing that the Transitional Military Council (TMC) insists on including unprecedented legislations and walking back on issues it has previously endorsed.

She pointed in her column that was published by Al-Akhbar daily newspaper of Sunday to a demand by the TMC that members of the proposed sovereign council enjoy absolute immunity.

Any person of whatever position, whether a president, a minister or holder of any constitutional office, who is indicted of any offense, should be brought to justice and accountability with no discrimination, Amal said.

She asked what do they fear and demand an absolute immunity if the TMC members are impeccable and free of any wrongdoing?   

The columnist cited as another example for dedication of the military rule the TMC objection to making the security organs subject to the civilian authority, thus allowing those organs to do whatever they want and become above the law.

She also indicated the TMC retraction from an earlier agreement assigning the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) 67% of the seats of the proposed legislative council.

Amal indicated this as an example of procrastination and attempts by the TMC to hinder the establishment of a civilian authority.



Columnist Yassin Hassan Beshir attributes objection by a number of the components of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) to the political agreement that was recently concluded by the FCF and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to a grave flaw in the FCF political and organizational course of action.

Beshir said in a daily column that was published by Altayyar daily newspaper of Monday that it is natural that differences occur in a broad-based alliance but it is proper that those differences are subjected to discussion within the alliance instead of disseminating them in the media outlets, thus suspecting honesty of the signatory components towards the objectives of the revolution.

He said the objection to the political agreement and publishing it on the media reflects inability of management of the alliance of several components in addition to a lack of trust between those components.

The columnist presents a number of proposals for correcting the FCF course of action, including commitment by all components to discussing the different viewpoints within the alliance.



Columnist Zuhair al-Sarraj has criticized current negotiations between the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) and the Revolutionary Front, arguing that those negotiations only delay the formation of a civilian authority.

Writing in his regular column that appeared on Aljareedah daily newspaper of Tuesday, Sarraj said the Revolutionary Front, which consists of a number of armed (rebel) movements and a number of civilian parties, including the National Umma Party (NUP) and the Sudanese Congress Party, is signatory to the declaration on formation of the FCF.

The Revolutionary Front reportedly insists in the Addis Ababa talks on postponement of establishment of the civilian authority until peace is reached in Darfur and the Two Areas (South Kordofan and Blue Nile), thus providing the Transitional Military Council (TMC) with an opportunity of further clinging to power and procrastinating in the process of handing power over to the civilians, Sarraj said.

He pointed out that the peace can only be reached in negotiation with the Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdul Wahid Nour (SLM/AW) and Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North of Abdul Aziz al-Hilo (SPLM/N/H), noting that those movements must be taken into consideration as they are the main bodies which have armed fighters in the war regions.



Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Thursday carried two columns discussing current issues of interest, a political and an economic one, the first blowing an alarm against a military coup detat and the other one on the soaring prices of the basic commodities.

Writing in the background of Wednesday's announcement by the Transitional Military Council (TMC) of an abortive coup attempt by the joint armed forces chief of staff and his apprehension along with a number of senior army officers and senior officials of the dissolved National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudanese Islamic Movement (SIM), columnist Al-Tahir Satti warned that the Islamists would not give up hope of restoring power in the country and would resort to such coup attempts and to counter revolutions.

Extremism thrives in unstable political and economic situations like the one the country currently experiences within its various political, military, security and economic institutions, according to Satti who warmed that both the TMC and the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) are targeted by the military and civilian Islamists for thwarting the December Revolution and retaking power.

The TMC and FCF should therefore speed up establishment of the transitional civilian authority and restore security and stability in the country, Satti said, warning that even during the transitional period, the Islamists would make attempts of returning to power.

In the economic column, Dr. Adil Abdul Aziz al-Fakki noted that the prices of the consumers' commodities skyrocketed to a level that has become unbearable to the consumers, especially during the current reopening of the schools and the forthcoming corban bairam.

The columnist attributed this situation to absence of central and state governments in addition to the seasonal production of a number of the basic commodities which are abundant in winter and are scare in other seasons, a problem which, according to Fakki can be solved by cold storage or importation.

He added that the brokers and middlemen moving between the producers and consumers are to be blamed for the flying prices, suggesting this question can be settled by creating a direct relationship between the producer and the consumer through selling centers established by local authorities and through cooperatives.

The decline in the value of the local currency in relation to the foreign currencies is another reason for the rising prices as many goods as well as production inputs are imported, said Fakki suggesting that this problem can be addressed by increasing the country's exports and cutting down the imports to the minimum while the importation process can be carried out by government companies in order to control the costs.



Columnist Mohamed Abdul Gadir, writing in Alyoum Altali daily newspaper of Saturday, described as worrisome news of repeated military coup attempts as announced by the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC).

He stressed that the TMC must conduct a transparent dialogue with the various military and security organs for cooperation and coordination among those organs to ward off any future security setback.

It is not difficult for the TMC to conduct an internal dialogue between the security and military components, including the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Security Apparatus, for maintenance of a complementary relationship that secures the three-year interim period, Abdul Gadir said.


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