A new protest demonstration was organized in Khartoum, Sudan, on July 30. Demonstrators protested as usual against the government of the military junta of the Sovereign Transitional Council, chanting slogans against General Al-Burhan and demanding the restoration of a civilian-led government, as well as the absorption of General Dagalo’s Rapid Reaction Forces within the regular armed forces.

However, the protest was also punctuated by slogans denouncing the ongoing tribal violence in the south of the country, calling for a government commitment to ensure the peaceful coexistence of the different tribal components, and denouncing the role of the Rapid Support Forces militias believing them to be the architects of the divisions that led to the violence (https://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/mondo/2022/07/31/sudan-nuove-proteste-contro-generale-del-golpe-al-burhan_4bac2b03-fefa-4438-b6c4-e0b0dfcde75a.html).

The country’s military authorities said they were ready on July 4 to hand over power to a civilian government while retaining a role in the future executive, thus leading to a split within the opposition forces. Indeed, one part of them remains intransigent on the need to prevent the military from assuming any political role in a future government, while another part considers the opening formulated by General Al-Burhan to be important and views with interest the possibility of the start of an institutional dialogue capable of fostering a real transition.

On July 30, Mohamed al-Faki, a former member of the Sovereign Transitional Council and a member of the Forces for Freedom Change, announced that a draft constitutional agreement and the appointment of a civilian prime minister would be presented within two weeks, while General Al-Burhan announced the dissolution of the Sovereign Transitional Council and the formation of an interim military body to manage security issues (https://sudantribune.com/article262093/).

This proposal has alarmed the more extremist wing of the opposition, which considers the military’s maneuver only prodromal to their repositioning within the country’s political and economic fabric, rejecting it (https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/07/31/Thousands-take-to-Sudan-streets-to-protest-military-rule-).

According to Mohamed al-Faki, on the other hand, the new prime minister will not have some restrictions imposed on his choice of ministers, nor will he be subject to any pressure from the military, confirming how the political initiative is attributable solely to the will of the Forces for Freedom and Change and the former rebel formations that signed the Juba Accords.


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