Sudanese Catholic Bishop Yunan Andali of El Obeid said his country has become too fragile, after months of protests in which demonstrators have been pushing for a civilian government.
The bishop said developments had left most civilians confused, with glaring signs that the ruling Transition Military Council was not ready for a civilian government. He said he feared the council was using tricks to continue the authoritarian rule of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
“The situation is too fragile; the future is very unclear. This is a country of coups, and anything can happen here,” said Bishop Andali. “(For the) experienced and specialised in our country’s history, the country is back to its rulers, and the revolution lost the track.”
On 4th August, Freedom for Change, a body representing the protesters and the council, announced an agreement to form a transitional government. The proclamation, to be signed formally tomorrow, on 17th August, cut the military council’s participation in the process of transitioning to a civilian government, ended the military leaders’ immunity from prosecution and put the brutal Janjaweed militia under the command of the armed forces.
Six civilians and five military officials will lead the Sudanese government, but Bishop Andali said the current political and constitutional arrangements had left out issues that initially ignited the uprising.
Picture: Sudanese shout slogans and wave flags during a rally honouring fallen protesters at Green Square in Khartoum on 18th July 2019. Bishop Yunan Andali of El Obeid said the country has become too fragile, after months protests in which demonstrators have been pushing for a civilian government. (CNS photo/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Reuters).