Sudan: Post Al-Bashir – The aftermath and the new beginning

Today, the 11th April 2019 is a very significant day. Because, this is the first without Omar Al-Bashir as the Head of State, Commander-in-Chief nor as the President of Sudan. A role he has had since 30th June 1989.

This man have held his population captive, he has used all sorts of terror and use of force to get people into submission. This President have misused his time in power, he has assaulted all parts of life and certainly been the tyrant from Khartoum. Today, that play has ceased and all his sins will hopefully be revealed, as there are so many scores of dead, of hurt and of people who has fled this President’s reign. Now, is his time to answer for it.

Has been arrested and the swift transition is in play. The military, the army is trying to take control of the circles of power. The men behind the Rapid Support Force (RSF), the Janjaweed and others. Who earlier this morning took over the TV/Radios, as they have again issues a National Emergency for 3 months. While promising a Transitional Council and a waiting period of 2 years to settle the scores. Surely, the ones starting the Revolution will not be satisfied with same people leading the army under Al-Bashir will still bask in glory control, as his fate is sealed. They feel that the same regime is under control and only the head been cut off.

They are putting on a curfew of 10PM-4AM and dissolution of the Constitution. This means that the army is owning the Republic. The same army that has been behind Al-Bashir all his days, until today. The vital part of his reign and the ones securing his rule. They are now in-charge and setting the standards. They are banning the sit-in-demonstrations that been going for a week and surely not answering all the demands of the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA). They are saying they will continue to demonstrate and to organize protests against the regime. As they have seen enough bloodless coups being done, to accept this one too. Therefore, they will not accept the 2-year transition period either. Surely expect them to ask for the articles of the Declaration of Freedom and Change to be held. So, that the public get a civilian rule and justice for all the Sudanese people.

The one leading now is Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ihn Ouf, the man whose leading the High Council of Armed Forces, is the former Vice-President and Defence Minister. Surely, he will continue where he left off and will be no change to what Al-Bashir did in his day. Because, this is the henchmen of the regime taking over. Not a new breed or anyone hopeful.

With all these measures, the National Congress Party and the army is planning to keep the Republic under siege, but just under a new name. We can hope this revolution get more answers, than just switching the head on top. Even if that is a bittersweet victory, in the sense that the tyrant is gone, but his administration lingers on. They are proving today, to do as much as possible to remain.

Don’t expect the public to accept this verdict, this change as this is barely a change of guard. They have taken out one person, but the same junta is on top. There isn’t really more than just quick swift change, which not materialized, while they hope this will stop the demonstrations. They are already tired of this oppressive, militaristic junta taking control and not letting the people decide who are supposed to run the Republic. This is why, they have been demonstrating since Mid-December 2018 and have had a week of sit-in at the Army Headquarters in Khartoum.

They will not just accept this like that, the SPA and the ones who initiating this will not eat it and say its cool. Clearly, this is not the end, but a new beginning. I hope that it is for something sustainable and for a better tomorrow.


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