February 6, 2023 (KHARTOUM) – A senior leader of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) Monday rejected recent attacks by army leaders on the political framework agreement, accusing them of seeking to include more sham entities that would enable them to have submissive government.
Recently Sudanese army commander-in-chief and another army general criticized the Framework Agreement, which they inked with the FFC coalition and other political and civil society groups, calling to include more political forces.
Several FFC leaders declined to respond or comment on what they consider a “break” of the framework agreement and “encouragement” for the Egyptian efforts undermined the restoration of a civilian transitional government in Sudan.
However, Mohamed al-Faki a former member of the Sovereign Council before the October 25, 2022 coup slammed the statements of the military leader saying they do not want to relinquish power.
“The military wants to undermine the political process and the framework agreement with sham entities, in order to create a controlled government,” said al-Faki who was participating in a forum about the political process with trade unions and civil society leaders.
He stressed that there is no alternative to the framework agreement, warning that if it collapse the fragile country would return to confrontation again.
“The state is completely collapsed, and we do not want to return to confrontation unless it is imposed on us. We are going ahead with the implementation of the framework agreement, which is the main solution to the country’s security and economic problem,” he said.
The head of the military-led Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and another member of the council General Shames al-Din Kabbashi say the FFC should open the framework agreement for more political groups.
While the FFC say that the agreement should be reserved for the forces of the revolution and the political groups that rejected the coup d’etat of October 2021. Also, they say only two former rebel groups from Darfur can join them because they are signatories of the Juba peace agreement.
During the past week, al Burhan failed to convince the two groups: the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) of Minni Minnawi and the Justice and Equality Movement led by Gibril Ibrahim to join the framework agreement.
The two groups and their allies in the Democratic Bloc are currently in Cairo to discuss a new agreement for the formation of a new transitional agreement.
The ongoing process under the framework agreement provides to hold five conferences to reach a consensus on the dismantlement of the former regime process, peace review, eastern Sudan crisis, justice and security reforms.
Until now, the civilian forces held two conferences on the dismantlement process and review of the Juba peace agreement. The remaining conferences are under preparation with the support of the trilateral facilitation panel from the African Union, IGAD, and the United Nations.