The head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said Saturday March 20, 2021, that the army has no desire to Carrying out a military coupAnd he does not aspire to seize power or change the current government, stressing that the armed forces are working to protect the transitional phase leading to the next election phase.
This came during his bid farewell to the “Desert Shield Forces” of the Rapid Support Forces, at the Sudanese War College, in the presence of the First Vice President of the Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo.
The “rapid support” part is a purebred army
Al-Burhan pledged to preserve the security of Sudan, and to provide security and reassurance to the people, noting that the armed forces are defending the country’s borders with the Rapid Support Forces, which he praised greatly for their role in establishing security and stabilizing his country, saying that it was and will remain an integral part of the army.
According to the proof, the Rapid Support Forces have provided “role models in the service of the Sudanese people, and the roles they play in defense of the homeland are only denied by pride,” stressing that “the RSF, since its inception, has been working with the armed forces in one trench. And it was not satisfied with the security aspect only, but also worked on the humanitarian and service side in a purely national manner, which made the state’s higher leadership constantly renewing confidence in it.
He also added, “Whatever we say, the RSF does not fulfill its right before and after the change, especially since it has actively contributed and played a national role in protecting Sudan and performing its national duties and tasks. We renew confidence in it and appreciate what it does.”
It is worth noting that Sudan began on August 21, 2019, a transitional period that would last for 53 months, ending with elections in early 2024, during which power would be shared by the army and the Coalition of Freedom and Change Forces.
Regular forces overthrow one man
For his part, Dagalo saluted al-Burhan, stressing the readiness of the Rapid Support Forces to carry out any tasks requested by the transitional government (he did not specify it), stressing that the regular forces, with all their components, are at the heart of one man, and that they are able to protect civilians after the departure of the joint mission of the United Nations and the African Union (UNAMID) from Darfur.
The Sudanese authorities had announced the completion of the deployment of 70% of the joint forces in the Darfur states, in the west of the country, following the withdrawal of “UNAMID”.
On December 31, UNAMID officially stopped its mission in Sudan, more than 13 years after its establishment, due to a conflict between government forces and armed movements that killed about 300,000 people and displaced 2.5 million others.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese government and the Revolutionary Front (armed movements) signed, with the Darfur track, on August 29, 2020, the Security Arrangements Protocol.
The security arrangements for the peace agreement included the formation of the government and armed movements of joint forces, under the name “National Forces for Sustaining Peace in Darfur”, to maintain security and protect civilians in the Darfur region.
Dagalo advised his forces to abide by and abide by the laws and customs in dealing with cases and the insurrections, saying: “A commandment to you, fear God as you have been trained and qualified to combat illegal immigration.
Deep economic crisis
It is noteworthy that the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s office said on Friday, March 19, that the United States will provide Sudan with 300,000 tons of wheat this year, increasing to 420,000 tons annually from 2022 to 2024.
The United States pledged support by supplying wheat and other basic commodities to Sudan for a period of four years, after the name of Sudan was removed from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism last month, according to what Sudanese officials said at the time.
Sudan is witnessing a deep economic crisis that caused the outbreak of popular protests against former President Omar al-Bashir, and that crisis continued after his ouster in April 2019.
It is reported that there is a recurring shortage of basic supplies, including fuel, bread and medicine.
While the Central Bureau of Statistics in Sudan said a few days ago, that annual inflation jumped to 330.78% in February from 304.33% in January, reaching the highest level in decades, as food and beverage prices continued to rise.
Sudan, which has one of the highest inflation rates in the world, last month also devalued the currency significantly. In an effort to overcome a stifling economic crisis and obtain debt forgiveness.