December 26, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese political forces signatories of the framework declaration will launch next week the second phase of a process aiming to establish a transitional civilian government.
On December 5, the political forces and the military signed a framework agreement to end the military coup where they agreed that sticky issues -of justice, security reforms, review of the Juba peace agreement, eastern Sudan issue and dismantlement of the former regime- should be thoroughly discussed with the participation of the stakeholders.
A Spokesman of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) Shihab al-Tayeb, told Sudan Tribune that the coalition drafted general ideas on three of the five issues, which they will discuss from the 3rd of January 2023.
“We have finished conceptualizing the issues of dismantling the structure of the former regime, the East crisis, and transitional justice,” said al-Tayeb.
He pointed out that a transitional justice conference will be held next week in conjunction with a workshop to dismantle the Islamist regime, on January 3.
He stated that the Dismantling and Empowerment Removal Committee, suspended by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan after the coup of October 25, 2021, will present a working paper on its experience during the workshop.
Al-Tayeb further said that FFC are in contact with the eastern Sudan leaders nowadays to develop their perceptions about the workshop.
The coalition held a meeting with eastern Sudan leaders but rejects a demand by the traditional leader Mohamed Terik to include him in the process saying he as a tribal leader cannot join the framework deal.
The FFC official pointed out that the review of the Juba peace agreement and the reform of the security and defence sector have not yet been fully finalized.
The holdout Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi call to open the framework for discussions as they want to participate in the civilian cabinet. Still, the signatories agreed that no political group would participate in the second transitional period.
On December 25, JEM reiterated its rejection to review the peace agreement saying such a process aims to “cancel the gains of war-affected regions”.