by Abdul Hussain
After several months of political strife in Sudan that led to casualties and the overthrowing of Omar al-Bashir officially over alleged war crimes and alleged general mismanagement and corruption, with additional analysis/thoughts on the Sudanese affairs, the Sudanese civilians and the military forces have agreed on signing the constitutional declaration that serves as an incremental step towards installing a civilian-fronted leadership.
The Transitional Military Council’s leader, Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo, and the protest leader, Ahmed Rabie, have signed the agreement on Sunday 4th August 2019 in Khartoum, with Ethiopian mediators and the African Union being the key attendees for the constitutional declaration signing, in which the agreement involves setting up a 11-seat coalitional leadership council consisting of 6 civilians and 5 military members, with 1 selected military member assuming leadership responsibilities for 21 months, and 1 selected civilian member assuming said duties for the remaining 18 months of the political arrangement.
As for the leadership agreement, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are the two key allies of Sudan, have reportedly welcomed the new Sudanese political setup in Sudan, in which an UAE diplomat, Anwar Gargash, said this on Twitter:
However, while the government is in the process of being installed, Omar al-Bashir’s trial will be taking place on August 17, 2019, the date in which the constitutional declaration signing will take place formally in front of foreign dignitaries, and in addition to this, the scepticism surrounding the new Sudanese setup is present, which, when considering the political leanings of certain Sudanese officials, and the events that happened elsewhere in high-risk MENA regions like Libya, it is frankly unsurprising that scepticism is prevalent here.