Talk of the hour: The Demonstrations; Economically Initiated to End up into Plots Politically


Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal

The demonstrations that has been plaguing the country, are not only economically restricted, but, rather even has exceeded this to become politically oriented. Sudan Vision investigated the issue and comes up with this detailed report. The matter is not without reactions and comments; many have expressed their opinion, conspicuous among them is president Al Bashir who said that despite the hardships that Sudan is presently enduring, it had never hesitated to open its doors widely to host refugees from the other countries, especially the neighbors, going further to advise the rebel groups to listen to the voice of wisdom by laying down arms and to get involved in the building of Sudan that is to accommodate them all. ‘The fact that we are Sudanese is not to please the conspirators who are very keen to sabotage what we have constructed’.
He went on to ridicule the parties that deserted the government because of faulty thinking that its boat was sinking, therefore it was crumpling down. ‘ We do not want people like these. We want the ones who stay where they are, at the times of hardships, just supporting our side’.  Al Bashir reiterated their sticking to the implementation of the outcomes of the national dialogue which had been accepted by the people of Sudan as the sole way out from the many challenges that faced the country now, going further to talk about the recent gathering at the green square at Khartoum, describing it as the message for the whole universe that Sudan is secure and would not fall down as the case of some of the other nations.  The president concluded his remarks by thanking the brotherly and sisterly nations who helped and supported Sudan, mentioning as the illustrative example UAE, Kuwait, China, Russia and Qatar.
The presidential assistant, Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, referred the exceptional condition that the country had been facing to the economic sanction that was imposed on it and which played a major role in the exacerbation of the current crisis.  Chairperson of the political sector of the ruling national congress party (NCP), Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Khadir, described the behavior of the ones who had withdrawn from the government as unethical, warning them not to exploit the demonstrations for achievement of agendas that were irrelevant to the present economic situation that that the country had been passing through now.
He affirmed that NCP would not bury its head in the sands regarding the recent incidents, indicating that the matter was economical and that NCP put the corresponding solutions to it, reminding that accessibility to power was only to be attained via the ballot box that was based on the document of the national dialogue and its recommendations.
The chairperson of the political sector of NCP noted that the ones who attended the recent rally at the green square to show their allegiance to the president did so to tell the whole world that the incumbent government was consolidated by all the political spectrum in the country.  The minister of information and communication, Bushara Juma Aro, described the withdrawing parties from the incumbent government to become part of the opposition, as a hurried move intended to ride the wave. ‘It is a failure procedure. They will neither succeed to become of the street, nor have the chance to return back to the government that they have left’.
NCP’s prominent cadre, Al Fatih Izzal Din, said that the whole crisis revolved around only US$ 2 billion, disclosing that Sudan had recently signed agreements with some of the bigger countries based on which it was to become a pivotal centre to fight hunger globally. He went on to praise the coming of women to the green square while carry their 40 days newly born babies to show how adhered they were to the cause.  Presidential assistant and head of Al Bija congress party, Musa Mohamed Ahmed, stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve problems, renewing the support of his party to the programs of the national consensus government which were aimed at improving the livelihood of the citizens.
Hamid Mumtaz, NCP’s head of organizational communication sector, said that Sudan had not tasted stability since it gained its independence due to the agendas politically of the plotters.  Bahar Idris Abugarada, minister of labor and administrative reform and chairperson of the committee that is formed by the national dialogue parties to resolve the economic predicament, urged for adoption of strong measures to combat corruption and to make those who had engaged in corruption cases to be held accountable for their crimes.  The head of the Umma party (collective leadership), Hassan Ismail, called for exertion of efforts to put an end to the economic crisis, calling on the political forces to consolidate positions by absorbing the youth in their ranks.
Dr. Al Tigani Al Seesi, the chairperson of the national party for freedom and justice, said that no substitute for dialogue except dialogue for overcoming all the economical and political impediments that the country had been passing through, confirming that peaceful demonstrations, not the violent ones were supported by the constitution, advising the political parties to act the role of popular monitors on the markets.
The prominent figure of the democratic unionist party and minister of transport, Hatim Al Sir, pledged to end the phenomenon of queues before bakeries and gasoline stations, indicating that the only queue that is permissible is the one that relates to performance of prayers.
The governor of Khartoum state, 1st Lt. Gen/police, Hashim Osman Al Hussein, said the recent gathering which was addressed by president Al Bashir at the green square at Khartoum was mainly intended to confirm the consolidation of the national unity, noting that the government of the state had been witnessing harmony and homogeneousness between its components for improvement of the livelihood of the citizens.
Ahmed Karaminu, prominent cadre of NCP, said that the ones who pushed forward for the change of government should adhere to peaceful means to attain that, i.e. via elections, adding that a procedure as such was now quite possible, especially after the endorsement of the elections law and the amendment of the constitution.
He expressed appreciation of the roles that were played by the national capitalists to resolve the economic crisis, urging for the preservation tightly of the national social fabric of the country.  Al Tayib Mustafa, chairperson of the just peace forum, expressed pity for the withdrawal of the parties from the government while only one year to go from the time scheduled for the elections. ‘This destroys all that is built by the parties of the government which took them three years accomplish’, disclosing that at this stage they needed to rehabilitate the country by fighting tribalism and conflicts.
Lawyer Ali Al Sayid, prominent figure at the democratic unionist party (the original), said that the withdrawal of the parties to label themselves as ‘the forces for change‘ was of no effect, especially politically, explaining that their participation in the national dialogue was aimed for achievement of only narrow partisan gains, going further to say that it was immoral to quit the government at this critical time.
Political analyst, professor Hassan Al Sa’uri, said that the defection of the parties from the government would not weaken it. ‘Because they only represent themselves, not the popular bases’, pointing out that Sudan would not get from the quagmire it is in now, except through the sitting of all the political forces with each others with the aim of reaching a consensus formula of common understanding.
Dr. Abdul Latif Mohamed Saeed, lecturer of political sciences, said that the parties that deserted the government were of no effect at the level of decision making within the government, therefore their going out would not be different when they were part of it.
He argued that the motive of protests was not economical, but rather it was purely political, adding that the government should accept any initiative, economical or political, from whoever person in order to preserve the security and stability of the country.  Ibrahim Al Siddiq, secretary of NCP’s media sector, said that Sudan had been targeted in its land, people and resources, explaining that the agendas of the address of popular protests had promptly shifted from economical to political. ‘The aim is so clear; the dismantlement of the Sudanese state and its social fabric’.
He affirmed that what happened recently at the green square at Khartoum, had exceeded the area of action and reaction to moving forward progressively to confirm that there is only one nation that was characterized by common issues and aims.  The sultan for all Darfur, Ahmed Hussein Ayoub, said that they rejected the calls to remove the Ingath government. ‘Compared with the other falling down states, the Inagth has been well rooted’.  Hassaballa Salih, secretary of NCP’s Darfur secretariat sector, said that they renewed allegiance to the president, noting that this is the day to portray how solid the membership was.
And Abdalla Abdalla Ali, writer, who said that there was no government in the world of today that had been plotted against and sanctioned other than the Sudanese government. ‘The agents, internally and externally, have been striving hard and since the inception of the Ingath government and up to the present moment, to topple it. The initial start is the economic embargo and then the unlimited support that has been given to the armed rebel groups-in Darfur and the two areas’.  He continued to say this; delightedly, all the plots had been doomed to failure, adding that the foreign forces failed to strangle it militarily, ‘that is why they resorted this time to do it economically and then to shift politically’. The writer advised the government and as an outlet from the sorry impasse that it was in now, to rely heavily on the independent national cadres.

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