Signs of breakthrough in Sudan's crisis emerge, civilian gov't to be formed soon

2019-04-17 02:15:15 GMT2019-04-17 10:15:15(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

KHARTOUM, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Signs of an imminent breakthrough to the current crisis in Sudan emerged Tuesday as a civilian government is expected to be formed soon following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir.

After a round of consultations among major political forces in Sudan, it seemed a consensus was reached on beginning the formation of the required mechanisms to run the transitional period, set for two years.

To this end, a prominent leader in the Sudanese opposition expected that a civilian government would be announced within hours.

"We are currently embarking on preparing the final list and putting the final touches for declaring the civilian government and the supreme council of state," said Sati' Al-Haj, spokesman of the National Consensus Forces, part of the Freedom and Change Alliance, on Tuesday.

"I expect the civilian government and the supreme council of state to be declared within hours," he said.

Al-Haj explained that the civilian government would include representatives of the alliance that ousted the previous government, and will have nothing to do with the other political parties, the majority of which are part of the previous regime.

In the meantime, the military council reiterated its willingness to communicate with the different political forces to overcome the current crisis and agree on the important steps to begin the transitional period.

Jalal-Eddin Al-Sheikh, member of the Transitional Military Council, said in a statement that "we are exerting efforts with the political forces to agree on a consensual national personality for the post of Prime Minister."

Meanwhile, Abdul-Rahim Al-Sunni, a political analyst, highlighted the importance of continuing the dialogue between the military council and the opposition to draw up a vision for the coming phase.

Speaking to Xinhua on Tuesday, Al-Sunni said it is important for the military to remain at the top of the transitional council to perform the role of protector of social stability.

"Presence of the army at the top of the government institutions during the transitional period is a guarantee for stabilizing the pillars of the state and preventing any security disturbances," he said, adding that the opposition can govern the civilian government during the transitional period, so the other political parties could prepare for the elections after the transitional period ends.

Sudan's Transitional Military Council is tasked with running the country's affairs following the al-Bashir's ouster by the military on April 11 in response to massive protests.

Since becoming the leader of the council, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan has adopted a number of measures in response to the demands of the protesters.

The council has formed a committee entrusted with taking over the headquarters and assets of the National Congress Party, led by al-Bashir.

It further pledged to continue arresting all the people involved in corruption cases, while reviewing the country's diplomatic missions abroad.

The council also reiterated that it will not use force to disperse the sit-in of thousands of protesters in front of the army's general headquarters in Khartoum, while urging Sudanese citizens to help it to bring life back to normal.