Weekly Press Columns Digest

Weekly Press Columns Digest


KHARTOUM (Sudanow)—Former Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir seems more concerned with the reputation of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohamed bin Selman than his own reputation and subserviently obeys his orders of not mentioning his name in public, noted Zuhair al-Sarraj in a column published by Aljareedah daily newspaper of Sunday.

Sarraj cited Beshir as telling a court that is currently trying him for illegally dealing in foreign currency that the Saudi Prince granted him the charity of millions of dollars to disburse to some Sudanese individuals and organizations on condition of not mentioning his name and therefore he wished the trial would have been held in-camera.

Beshir also told the court that he could not deposit what Sarraj called "a bribe" in the Central Bank of Sudan because the latter demanded identification of the source of the money.

 Even a beggar on the street would turn down a conditional charity, let alone a head of state like Beshir who humbly succumb to orders from a person who is his subordinate in rank, said the columnist.

Beshir is so servile that he is not competent to preside over "any trifle body, let alone a state," said Sarraj.



An attack by a crowd of people in Al-Fashir, North Darfur, on a political symposium held by leaders of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) who came to Khartoum for enlightenment on political and constitutional documents recently signed by the FCF and the Transitional Military Council (TMC) for a transitional 39-month rule in Sudan.

Writing in his Altayyar newspaper of Monday, Osman Mirghani deplored the violence by the Darfurians against the FCF leaders, remarking that instead, the people could have thrown whatever questions they wanted on ways of ending the war and reaching peace in Darfur.

Mirghani said the violence, however, tolls an alarm bell for the FCF to pay much concern about peace and to discuss the issue with the civilian Darfurians within Sudan instead of moving from one foreign capital to another for negotiation with the armed (rebel) movements as, according to the columnist, it is the civilians who are more interested in peace than the movements.



The dispute between the Islamic Sharia and the civilian system will persist despite the fall of the ingas regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) of deposed Omar al-Beshir that failed in pretending to materialize its declared goal of imposing the Sharia because it was more concerned with its own ends of accumulating personal wealth at the expense of the country and the Sudanese people.

The defunct regime played with the Islamic card, utilizing the instinctive faith of the Sudanese people and thus gained extensive support, particularly by such Islamic groups as Sufis, Ansar Alsunnah and original Muslim Brothers who were independent of the NCP.

The new regime of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) will face the overwhelming tendency of the Sudanese people of having the true Islamic sharia imposed as a system of ruling in the country.

 Dr. Gassm al-Sid Ahmed predicted in a column published by Akhir Lahza daily newspaper of Friday that although the civilian regime of the FCF is enjoying an obviously extensively overwhelming support among the people who have suffered a lot from 30 years of the ingas rule that pretended to be Islamic, will probably face an opposition by those Islamic groups that will consider it as secular, constituting an obsession to the new regime that will exert all efforts to free the country from all shackles imposed by the extinct ingas regime.



The new government of Premier Abdulla Hamdouk is not more threatened by the deep state that is non-existent or of no consequence than by naïve supporters who carry out or call for things they believe will serve the new regime, said Bakry al-Medani in a column carried by Al-Sudani daily newspaper of Saturday.

Although he has not responded to all demands of the Freedom and Change Forces (FCF) in formation of his government, Hamdouk has not gone away from the general agreement on how the government should have been.

The challenges confronting Hamdouk require standing by everyone beside him and do not afford any confrontation except as part of positive recommendation and advice, the columnist said.

The youth have to protect and defend the government of the revolution against machinations of political parties and other groups seeking power and they have to adhere to the overall concepts of the change for a better future, he added.

The revolutionary deeds start with cleaning the streets, markets, public utilities and neighborhoods and with fighting brokers, middlemen and black-marketers and dollar dealers, Ahmed said.

He added that the behavior of the families of spending in an economical way also assists the new government in discharging its duties and achieving the objectives called for by the popular revolution.

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