The streets of Khartoum between closure and disobedience

The streets of Khartoum between closure and disobedience
The streets of Khartoum between closure and disobedience

Asmaa Al-Husseini (Cairo, Khartoum)

In an attempt to resolve the simmering crisis between the partners of the transitional government in Sudan, the American envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, held meetings and shuttle meetings with the parties to the scene, without announcing specific results, in light of the hardening of all parties and their adherence to their declared positions.
The US embassy in Khartoum said that Feltman urged Sudanese actors to return to work together, in order to implement what was stated in the Constitutional Declaration and the Juba Peace Agreement, and made proposals to enhance the spirit of partnership, and for Sudan to exit its crisis.
Feltman and his assistants met with leaders in the forces of freedom and change, Yasser Arman, political advisor to the Prime Minister, and Khaled Omar Youssef, Minister of Cabinet Affairs. Youssef said after the meeting with the American envoy: We discussed aspects of the current political crisis that the country is going through and ways to get out of it, by adhering to the constitutional document and the Juba Peace Agreement. And ways to continue the United States’ support for the success of the civil democratic transition in Sudan. He added, “We stressed the importance of all components of the transitional period adhering to the provisions of the constitutional document, and continuing to complete security arrangements to reach a professional and unified national army that plays its full role in protecting the constitution and borders.”
The two leaders in Freedom and Change said that they assured the US envoy the importance of pushing for the achievement of the peace process benefits, completing negotiations with all parties to ensure a just, comprehensive and sustainable peace, and adhering to what was stated in the constitutional document, including reforming the security system, and completing all institutions of the transitional authority. The first of these is the Legislative Council, achieving the widest possible participation of all forces of the December revolution, the mandate of the Ministry of Finance over public money, and the need to transfer the presidency of the Transitional Sovereignty Council to civilians, leading to free and fair elections in which the Sudanese people choose their representatives of their own free will.
On the other hand, the US envoy met the leaders of the National Accord Front, which splintered from the Forces of Freedom and Change, Jibril Ibrahim, Minister of Finance, and Mona Arko Minawi, governor of Darfur. These meetings come after he first met bilaterally with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, and then held a four-way meeting that included, along with Hamdok, the head of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and his deputy, Lieutenant-General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti”.
Al-Burhan affirmed his keenness to work with the political forces to get Sudan out of the current political crisis, pointing out that the success of the transitional period depends on the completion of the power structures in Sudan.
Sudanese Minister of Justice Nasr El-Din Abdel Bari said that strict adherence to the constitutional document is the way out of the fabricated crisis to form a new political reality.
Meanwhile, the resistance committees warned the political and military groups, which are working to abort the goals of the Sudanese revolution, and threatened to close the country, and all cities in all states.
This comes at a time when supporters of the National Accord Charter, dissidents from the forces of freedom and change, and the sit-in in front of the Republican Palace escalated their protest yesterday, and closed main streets and roads, including the King Bridge, the Tiger Bridge, the link between Khartoum and Khartoum North, and they also set tires on fire in a number of streets. In the heart of Khartoum, in an attempt to pressure and convey their voice to the American visitor, according to Sudanese observers.
For its part, the administration of Khartoum International Airport denied the rumors of its closure, stressing that these news are just rumours. The airport management reassured passengers and arrivals that air traffic at the airport continues normally.

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