“This government has failed to achieve the goals of the revolution,” Al-Toum Hajo, deputy chairman of the SRF, an umbrella organization of insurgent groups that once fought in the country’s south and Darfur region, said Monday.
The rebel leaders that include Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim also called on the government to be dissolved and replaced by “real technocrats” who could lead the country, Hajo said.
Senior members of the civilian component of Sudan’s transitional government forged in the wake of the protests that toppled Sudan’s longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir claimed the breakaway component of the ruling coalition was instigated by the military in an attempt to discredit the government and sow chaos in the country.
“We don’t represent the army, the deep state, the former regime or anyone else, but we are telling the truth that the civilian government has failed,” Hajo said at a press briefing.
Members of the civilian component also said that an ongoing blockade of Port Sudan by protesters belonging to the Beja tribe in the east of the country was the result of military influence. The Beja tribe, which has sought a greater voice in Sudan’s transitional government, has blocked roads leading to Port Sudan and caused flour shortages that have led to queues outside bakeries in the capital, Khartoum.
“The Beja question and the eastern Sudan question is being used to overthrow the civilian state,” Yasser Arman, a political adviser to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, said in an interview in Khartoum. “There is an attempt to obstruct and to put pressure on the government. There is an attempt to force a new direction and to give more power to the military at the expense of the civilians.”
Supplies of fuel and flour in Khartoum may only last another two weeks before running out, Arman said.
The leader of the protest movement in eastern Sudan is Sayed Tirik, a tribal leader of the Beja and former member of Bashir’s National Congress Party.
Senior members of the military have denied any involvement in the protests occurring around Port Sudan, but insist that demonstrators’ complaints about parts of a peace deal the transitional government in Sudan is trying to enact with rebels and opposition movements are legitimate.
–With assistance from Moses Mozart Dzawu.