February 22, 2023 (KHARTOUM) – Yasir Arman, the official spokesman for the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), renewed rejection to open the framework agreement for an unlimited number of political forces, stressing that such attempts aim to achieve the goals of the coup d’état.
Despite signing the Political Framework Agreement on December 5, 2022, the head of the Sovereignty Council and the coup’s leader against the civil government, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, calls for opening the agreement to the forces that did not sign it.
Burhan’s position calls come at a time when his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo “Hemetti”, announced his commitment to the agreement and called to speed up the establishment of a civilian government.
In an interview with Al Jazeera TV on Wednesday evening, Arman denied that he is serving as a political adviser to Hemetti following rumours of an alliance between the RSF commander and the FFC groups.
He pointed out that this does not prevent him from praising Hemetti’s admission that the coup was a “major historical mistake”.
“The framework agreement is a victory for the will of all those who signed it. Also, it is an acknowledgement that the coup was a mistake,” he said.
He further called on the signatories to implement the agreement and not delay its implementation.
“We want to return to the agenda of the revolution and we will not accept anything else that is at the expense of the December revolution.”
He added that the demand to open the agreement to all political forces except the National Congress is ultimately an attempt to achieve the same goals of the October 25 coup, which aimed at excluding the forces of the revolution and the agenda of civil rule.
“There are groups that some want to bring in to sink the agreement, choose a weak prime minister who does not belong to the agenda of the revolution and a weak sovereign council president as well,” he further said.
“The framework agreement has no future if it is separated from the forces of the revolution and the agenda of the revolution,” he stressed.
He underscored that the framework agreement represents a common agenda gathering the parties of the military component on one side and between them and the civilian forces on the other side. Also, the non-implementation of the framework would lead to isolating Sudan from the international community again, he said.
“This setback will not serve the military or Sudan. So, it is better for us to have the necessary political will to implement this agreement and get the country out of this historical impasse,” he stressed.
On Friday, February 3, al-Burhan stated in the White Nile State that the army would not implement the framework agreement with one side but wanted all the Sudanese political forces to be included.
Shems al-Din Kabbashi, a military member of the Sovereign Council two days after al-Burhan statements stressed that they will not move forward with the framework agreement “if other reasonable and acceptable forces do not join it”.