Looking for Change:Debate and Parallel Debate; Who is the Winner?

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)

Looking for Change:

Debate and Parallel Debate; Who is the Winner


By: Mirghani Ibnoaf

This article comes in the context of the radical unprecedented transformations that Sudan is witnessing that opened widely the path for debate on both sides of government and government supporters as well as opposition and opposition supporters. Both sides believe that time had come for dismantling the model of the state that had nourished a monopolistic resource controlling models irrespective of the type of governments. This model – political, economic and social-ــ has resulted from successive failed development policies. The government use of excessive and unnecessary power against opponents provided the opportunity for the minorities to respond in an equal and more violence as retaliation against government approaches.

Due to this state Sudan civil society groups has entered into a holistic turning point and started launching a foundation phase towards a civil and democratic state that respect liberty, law, human rights and equality so as to protect the democratic movement from potential relapse and steer it towards serving the Sudanese quests.

Knowing the impacts of this civil movement, the government and its allies called for a second type of debate in order to deflate the civil society movement which is defined by the government as a group of outlaws who aim at toppling the regime to bring a non- Islamic political change, which is seem to them as a betrayal of their region state.

On the other hand, the civil society movement in disagreement with government slogans are committed to rise to the level of national responsibility and recognize the centrality of human rights in rebuilding the political, economic, social and cultural process, holding the belief that there is no substitute for the modern democratic civil state as an institutional frame work capable of absorbing diversities in their different forms.

This process of debate and parallel debate has political tools that can bring the country to a state of relative stability and satisfaction, but the government continued in using force (as stick) and financial support (as carrot) to keep its regime in power and at the same time the civil society and allied parties lost any significant power to exert on the government since those groups are peaceful and inefficiently organized and so the government is happy to ignore them.

Sudan witnesses a period of change and quest for new social contract between the citizen and the state, based on respect of fundamental freedoms, rights, dignity and rule of law. The people dissatisfaction with the regime reflects a climax of failure of social and economic development paradigms. Indeed citizen are calling for a new right to development program which reinforce the right to develop economic and social justices. Accordingly, the democratic transition (change) in Sudan necessitates revisiting the approach to the economic and social partnership aligned with reform of political system and enhancing the role of civil society.

The challenge for both sides is time and frequency of process. Much time has been wasted in non-efficient short-lived agreements and disagreements, proposals and anti-proposals while citizens are suffering from unemployment, inflation and corrupt price policies.

Who is the winner? In the present global try for peace and settlement there will be no winner that can take it all, the winner must leave some significant part for the looser, equality, so there is no free meal on board, everyone must pay for his meal.

The government would like to take it all and the civil society wouldn’t like to pay for the meal. It does seem, and from time to time, both are looser and a third party may come and take it all.




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