As per the political agreement, the military junta would appoint five of the 11 council members, including the president of the country, for the first 21 months of the 39-month long transitional period.
The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) has called for an immediate halt to the negotiations that resumed today between the military junta and a section of the opposition alliance. The purpose of this meeting is to reach an agreement on the constitutional declaration, discussions regarding which began soon after the signing of the political agreement on July 17.
Along with the SCP, the parties of Baathists and Arab Nationalists, who have come together to form the National Consensus Forces, had refused to sign the political declaration. They are not part of today’s meeting.
They had rejected the political declaration on the grounds that the power conceded in it to the military junta would neither permit the transitional government to accomplish the goals of the revolution nor would it put to trial those members of the junta who were responsible for the massacre of protesters on June 3.
Any agreement reached today between the military junta and the section of the opposition alliance which had signed the political agreement – prominently the centrist National Umma Party (NUP) and the Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP) – is unlikely to be accepted by the protesters.
The protesters have, in a number of demonstrations since the signing of the political declaration, repeatedly expressed their unwillingness to compromise with the prospect of justice for their comrades who were killed in the massacre.
Through the constitutional declaration that is being discussed today, the military junta is trying to also secure immunity for its members and for the members of the Presidential Council. As per the political agreement, the military junta would appoint five of the 11 council members, including the president of the country, for the first 21 months of the 39-month long transitional period.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has been at the forefront of organizing the mass-demonstrations, has rejected the political agreement and is not taking part in today’s meeting.
The SCP, which has consistently backed the SPA, has reiterated that it will not accept any transitional government in which the military is conceded anything more than a token representation.