Wake-up Call: Sustainable Democracy

The failure of the revolutionaries, who wonderfully succeeded in ousting a strong ideological regime which ruled for 30 years, to achieve their objectives is primarily due to the unfortunate decision of the Sudanese Professional Alliance (SPA) to include political parties allowing them onboard a sae flight which took-off from Atbara on December 19, 2018 bound to democratic governance in Sudan.. All professionals are almost affiliated to parties or ideologies. In three trade unions they act coherently as die-hard members of the union. The never mix up partisan actives with union objectives. The flight of the SPA reached a healthy crossing level before being joined by parties. Non-homogenous parties steer the current Fore of Freedom and Change (FFC). Two contradicting ideologies went onboard – right wing of Umma party of the Islamist Imam Sadiq Al-Mahdi, left wing of communist, baath and Armed Groups. So the contracting addition to SPA starched the craft from the edges till it became thin the middle which is the main stream. The revolutionaries lost concentration and focusing on three set objectives and went into unnecessary dilemma which weakened them and strengthened the opposition of the ousted regime members and gave a conducive environment to intervention of many intelligence services of regional countries. Now about two months gone without a positive and needed step to from a transitional government. Opposition of ousted regime members and Islamic fundamentalists and regional intelligence are working hard to defuse the bomb of the revolutionaries of SPA by:
1. Claiming that the FFC do not represent all people of Sudan.
2. Transitional period to be short e.g. one year.
3. Transitional governance and legislation to be equitably shared.
In reply to the above 3 hurdles intentionally put to teal all of the effort and sacrifices of the revolutionaries, say:
1. Yes, the FFC does not represent the whole population of Sudan BUT they do represent the whole revolution which led to the downfall of a strong ruthless regime. All others who are now talking about representation were lame ducks for thirty years. Also which regime in military or democratic rule was representing the whole population. The NCP ruled for thirty years and was representing less than 10% of the people.
2. Short transitional periods (one year) proved to be a big fiasco in the recent history of Sudan. Two short interim periods generated weak democratic government and followed by military coups after 4 years. The first was after the downfall of Abboud regime of coup November 1958. It fell on October 1964 followed by one year interim period, followed by hasty elections in 1965 which led to weak government reciprocated between Umma and Democratic Unionist Parties. After four years May coup of 1969 took power for 16 years. It was removed by professional trade union civil disobedience of April 1985. Again a short interim period was agreed upon for one year 1986 hasty and unfair general election were conducted leading to the success of Umma party to gain 101 seats, Unionist party 68 and Islamic Movement 50.
Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi formed three governments in 4 years. After also 4 years of governance after a short interim period a third coup took power on June 1989. So the 4 years suggested by the FFC was carefully selected based on the above vicious 4 yearly coups.
3. It is only fair that those who took to the streets bravely rendering themselves to serve measures and atrocities of the ruthless Islamic regime which cost them dear blood of hundreds of martyrs and thousands of injured. It is only fair and obligatory to allow them complete three steps of establishing a fruitful long transitional period that will cure all the chronic diseases of corruption and rehabilitate the failed projects in agriculture, infrastructure, education and health care and finally prudently drafting an endorsing permanent constriction followed by fair and transparent general elections to guarantee a sustainable democratic governance.

Omer Bakri Abu Haraz

Omer Bakri Abu Haraz

Wake-up Call E.mail: oba@haggar-cec.com

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