After a long and agonizing parturition and tense expectations, the new Sudanese government was “born”. Although the government is new but the “files” that it will find on its “desk” are old. In fact those files are more than just every day files that need for only few days to solve. They are challenges. But they are not any other challenges that can be “overcome” in days. They are “chronic” challenges. They are like chronic diseases or what we call in this part of the world as “resident diseases!” They are like Malaria and measles. Some of those diseases are as old as the independence of Sudan. The most urgent challenge is the economic problem.
The economic crisis was the factor that stirred and moved the wide protests and demonstrations that helped in toppling the Bashir regime. During the past five months and while the Sudanese people are being waiting for the birth of new government, those economic problems were aggravating. The problem is that no lights are being seen at the end of the tunnel. On the contrary; it was getting darker and darker every morning. The queues of “bread” at the doorsteps of the bakeries are being every day scenes that the people are getting used to them. On the other hand, the fuel shortage is getting worse. The cash problem is not exceptional. These are the current problems waiting for the government. We hope that the government is to be concerned with these challenges. In other words the government should not create additional problems and spread them on its (already) rough road.
We ask the new government to concentrate on the files on its table. We say this, because we see that the known and defined problems are more that the time allotted for this “transitional government”. It has only three years in office. It has to solve the economic problems. It has to make peace in Sudan within the first six months. It has to prepare the domestic scene for the transfer to full democracy. That means it has to organize elections by the end of the transition period. If we look to the nature of these problems we can easily find out that each one of these files needs more than the three years, which is the mandate of the transitional government. So if the Hamdoak government is to live and end its time without troubles, it should concentrate on the files which are now on the table. It shouldn’t create new problems. But what are those new problems? We will come back to the subject, Insha Allah.
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