In Sudan, Regional Sponsors’ Influence Fears Civil War

In Sudan, Regional Sponsors' Influence Fears Civil War

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt support the maneuvers of the generals of the Transitional Military Council, suspected of building a restoration of the old order.
He arrived in Khartoum on Friday, June 7, to try to stop the mechanics that leads Sudan to disaster. In honor of Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister mandated by the African Union to mediate between the generals of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and civilians representing the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), the streets were a little clear of their men in desert camouflage uniforms.

Traffic on the main roads was made more fluid by the withdrawal of elements of the General Mohamed Hamdane Dagolo’s Rapid Reaction Force, known as “Hemetti”, the number two of the Sudanese junta, who did not appear during the visit of Abiy Ahmed.

The Ethiopian prime minister is attempting to embody a mediation process that has already begun, discreetly, by the African Union’s special envoy, the former Mauritanian foreign minister, Mohamed El-Hacen Ould Lebatt. The latter had already been able to hear the six preliminary points of the FCC claims to resume negotiations, including the establishment of an international commission of inquiry into those responsible for the violence that began Monday; the recovery of the Internet; removal of the Rapid Support Force (RSF) from city streets; the release of Yasir Arman, leader of one of the armed movements that is part of the FCC coalition, kidnapped by armed men in Khartoum two days ago; and, lastly, excuses for all the violence that has been experienced in recent days.

A message sent by the junta
The FCC reiterated these demands to Abiy Ahmed’s team, who had previously met with a TMC delegation led by its leader, General Abdel Fattah Al-Bourhane. But, at the end of the session with civilians, one of them was arrested by security forces: Mohamed Ismat Yahya, a head of the central bank, whose organization was involved in the general strike .

Pick-ups loaded with RSF men were sent to “break” the strike in the two central bank facilities in Khartoum, where general assemblies for the democratic movement were held. It is through the central bank that the funds promised by part of the TMC’s regional support (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) must be channeled to save the Sudanese economy, which lacks liquidity.

In Karthoum, June 6th. On the panel: “civil and peaceful”.
In Karthoum, June 6th. On the panel: “civil and peaceful”. – / AFP
The arrest is a message sent by the junta to Abiy Ahmed’s hope of redressing the bar of the transition process initiated by the overthrow of President Omar Al-Bashir on April 11, which led to the of a formula of power essentially in the hands of civilians, for the first time in thirty years. The intervention of General Hemetti’s forces, who have been killing, plundering and violating Khartoum since Monday, broke the momentum.

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