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Sudan Call approves its constitution at Paris meetings

May 29 - 2018 PARIS
Sudan Call concludes its meetings in Paris on May 28, 2018 (RD)
Sudan Call concludes its meetings in Paris on May 28, 2018 (RD)

The Sudan Call members have concluded their meetings in Paris by renewing its approval of the alliance’s constitution and developing its position on the roadmap in detail.

Dr Jibril Ibrahim, the deputy head of the Sudan Call forces and leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), praised the meetings in Paris which started on Thursday and ended yesterday.

“The meetings passed the constitutional declaration document of the Sudan Call, set the powers […] in the leadership council, the presidential council and the secretariat, and put forward a clear plan of action for the next period, also regarding contacts with regional and international forces.”

Ibrahim stressed that the basic means which the Call adopted remain to either dismantle the regime through dialogue, according to the Call’s roadmap. Or, to bring about a popular uprising that leads to regime-change towards “a democratic system accepted by the people”.

“The forces of the Sudan Call have not left the option to seek peace with the regime, as we have now developed our position on the roadmap in detail.”

Ibrahim said he expects the Sudanese Call to meet with the African Union High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) after Ramadan.

The Sudan Call, a two-page political communiqué calling for regime-change and democracy, was signed by representatives of the NUP, the National Consensus Forces (NCF, a coalition of opposition parties), the Civil Society Initiative, and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF, an alliance of the main rebel movements).

The secretary-general of the foreign office of the Sudanese Congress Party (SCP), Hamza Farouq, described the meeting “as one of the most successful meetings in terms of outcome besides the previous deliberations”.

He added that the meeting approved all the work regulations within the alliance, which can be summarised as the possibility to work more efficiently and coordinated.

“People talk a lot about the Sudan Call, but as an organisation we continue to work on all peaceful tracks. We prepare for an uprising, work among the masses and with mediators to reach a comprehensive political solution to the problems in Sudan.”

Constitutional declaration

In March this year, the Sudan Call first signed the constitutional declaration document, also in Paris. President Omar Al Bashir at the time denounced “the participation of any political party authorised to work inside the country that has in an alliance with an armed faction. This is not allowed by the law, it is not possible to combine military activity and political action.”

The Sudanese security apparatus (NISS) then moved to filing an official complaint against the Call’s newly elected chairman, El Sadig El Mahdi.

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