04-December-2021

Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest

KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - The week’s press has tackled the event of the hour. That is the military coup staged by General Burhan, the chairman of the Sovereignty Council, on 25 October that toppled the government of Prime Minister Dr. Abadalla Hamdok. 

Wrote Dr. Zuhair Alsarraj in the daily publication Aljareeda (the Newspaper) under the title: Landmines Ahead of General Burhan:

Burhan will be wrong if he thinks the military coup will end his problems. The opposite is totally correct, given the economic, political and security problems, crises and complications under which the country lives.

Burhan has now put himself within the fire range after he used in the past to blame all the problems on the Government of PM Hamdok and his (Burhan’s) political foes.

What will Burhan do now when he turns his head anywhere to find someone accusing him of failure? That will be the first problem that faces the General who got addicted to escaping to the front by blaming his own problems on others.
Second: Where could he get the hard currency to import strategic commodities when the reserve in the Bank of Sudan (the Central Bank) is exhausted? It has virtually expired. Does he think the axis countries (Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia) will open up their coffers for him? Or will he resort to the printing of banknotes to buy hard currency from the local market at the expense of the Sudanese pound? The result will be economic collapse and the destruction of the people’s livelihoods.

Third: How can Burhan behave with the IMF whose harsh conditions the Hamdok government had used to tolerate? Or will he bow down to the IMF conditions and, hence, lose the citizens he is trying his best to win to his side. Or will he tolerate to lose the IMF, the World Bank and the other international funding bodies?

Fourth: What would Burhan do with the problem in the East? Will he succumb to the conditions of tribal Chieftain Tirik, who called for cancelling the East Track within the Juba Peace Agreement, and lose the other vast tribal groups who support the Track?. The problem in the East will be the most complicated hurdle ahead of Burhan. It has already started. An indication of this is his (Burhan’s) decision to defer the appointment of a representative of the East in his new Sovereignty Council (the head of state).

Fifth: What can Burhan do with the issue of the proposed Red Sea Russian military base which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the NATO vehemently oppose. Would Burhan dare to challenge the Saudi opposition of this Russian base? Or can he dare to infuriate the only international ally he has at this moment (Russia)?

Sixth: Some speak about possible Chinese support for Burhan. China has no interest in Sudan now that the Sudan oil reserve has been deplteted. In addition, Sudan is indebted 10 Billion U.S dollars to China. We know that the Bashir regime had outlived the Western boycott because of the cash flow from the locally produced oil. And when that oil was exhausted, the country lay bare in the open and fell down like a solid rock. So what will Burhan do under these conditions?!

Seventh: what can Burhan do with the IDPs problem in Darfur, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the declared opposition for his coup of the rebel movements led by Abdelwahid Noor and Abdelaziz Alhilu who already challenged the military coup?

Eighth: How can the General strike a balance between his foreseen cooperation with the Islamic Movement and the Egyptian, Emirate and Saudi rejection of this movement whom the three countries dub as a terror body.

And how can he guard himself against the evil of this  movement that still dreams of a comeback to power, in particular with respect to the tangible presence of its elements in the army and the security?

Ninth:  What would he do with the pending criminal cases of the breaking of the sit-in around the Army Headquarters in 2019 and this coup of his when the transitional period comes to an end two years from now? Or will he stage a military coup once again and refuse to cede power?”

The tenth problem and the sticking point before Burhan is the angry public that toppled Bashir from the same position at which he (Burhan) stands at the moment.

Let us forget about the international community, its sanctions and its pressures!!!
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About the heavy hand handling by the security of the peaceful protesters wrote Mr. Nureddin Mednani in Altahreer newspaper (the Liberation ):

The bloody escalation against the peaceful demonstrations by General Burhan and his group, under the command of General Hemaidti, the Chief of the Rapid support Forces (RSF), is no wonder.

These forces were nurtured by the ousted Bashir for his own protection and he exploited them in his war against the people of Sudan until his downfall and the triumph of the December 2019 Revolution.

These forces grew more stronger after the Revolution and turned their weapons against the people and against all the institutions of government, including the Army and the other security forces.

It was the hope that the transition to a civilian head of state (chairmanship of the Sovereignty Council) would take place this November as stipulated in the Constitutional Document. But Burhan and his group opted for a treacherous military coup. The greed for power and fear from punishment have pushed Burhan and his clique to stand in the way of the popular will, which was time and again proved to be invincible..
We still see the need for the voice of wisdom and for the stopping of this bloody escalation against the unarmed demonstrators who have every right to express their rejection of the coup and the restoration of democracy and a healthy social life.

We still see the need to implement the Security and Defense Council’s resolution for the disarming of all paramilitary forces that have now become a tool in the hands of the coup operatives and which use  firearms in suppressing and silencing the demonstrators.

Despite our conviction about the triumph of the will of the people, still we fear for Sudan from this lawlessness and the absence of the Army and the other orderly forces who should be respected and their nationhood, professionalism and their independence restored, away from any political exploitation or struggle for power instead of leaving the country for these coup elements, remnants of the defunct regime and mercenaries.

These draconian elements seek to demolish the Sudan on the heads of its people who have rejected their coup as they did with all the previous dictatorships, never bending and always victorious.
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Wrote Mr. Mohammad Fadl Ali in the electronic publication Sudanile
under the title “Preceding A Foreign Intervention Scenario:

From my vantage point as a close watcher of events since the beginning of opposition action in the early 1990s, I can say that the Sudanese people were completely defenseless since the 30th of June 1989, the day when the Islamists took power in a military coup. This people has borne it all by itself to fight the political setback that destroyed all the  country’s institutions one after the other, the Army and the security included.

In search of solutions and in order to put an end to the bloodletting and the protracted political crisis that grips Sudan today, some speak in complete good faith about the launch of a government in exile to be chaired by one of Sudan’s ambassadors abroad.

But, in addition to the time factor,  there are no guarantees this proposed entity would not become a theatre for the usual political pushing and struggle while time passes and the situation remains the same.

Time is running fast and it seems the country is run by a deep state and a hidden group that masterminds the repression, terror and killings in the streets from behind a curtain in a desperate endeavor to impose the status quo.

Back to the proposal about a government in exile, this needs a strong, quick and effective initiative on the part of the Sudanese professionals, specialists and pressmen  working abroad, apart from the political and partisan frameworks and also for a quick training of a cadre of legal investigators in areas related to the management of catastrophes and crises and the establishment of a centre for legal assistance to back the people of Sudan,  prevent state collapse and find the best ways for international protection when the need arises, in collaboration with the international community and to preempt what can happen in the days and weeks ahead with respect to the now escalating international resolutions that may end up in an international protection of the Sudanese inside Khartoum and the country’s other towns and cities.

The existence of a Sudanese legal and professional entity which is fortified against the usual political penetrations is necessary.

Any other similar Sudanese bodies at the press and political levels would be of great use in the face of an abrupt globalization of the current political situation. Such bodies can also control the rhythm of external efforts, lest the international effort misses the target and the country sinks into a bloodbath and also to prevent the country becoming a laboratory for a global order that has morally failed in the treatment of the World’s well known crises and to contain the international despotism like the one that followed the September 11 incidents that ended up in the occupation of Iraq and the extreme international absurdity that turned many countries into mass graves

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