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Al Taghyeer Online editorial marking the Anniversary of December Revolution: then what is next?

This morning, the Sudanese people will commemorate the first Anniversary of eruption of the glorious December Revolution, which has demonstrated the Sudanese people deserve freedom, dignity, justice and well-being. On the occasion of this auspicious day, Al Taghyeer Online wishes to extend greetings of honour and steadfastness to the people and bows in deference to all the martyrs who opened windows of hope and paved the way with their noble blood for the salvation of the nation, and to all the injured who have carried the banners of freedom and peace on their bodies, and to each and everyone who was detained, tortured or displaced because of standing against tyranny and corruption. 

The people have achieved the first giant and inevitable step to salvage Sudan from a tyrant, and to overthrow the “national salvation regime” and its authoritarian and corrupt scheme which can neither be reformed nor patched up. Millions have taken to streets, defiant and determined to topple the tyrant and his regime, indifferent to the bullets, detention, torture and all forms of repression. Skeptics have questioned the success of a popular demonstration, and some hopeless and frustrated thinkers and intellectuals have even gone to the extent of developing complete theories about the “impossibility of a revolution or an uprising”, and stressed the need to search for other means of regime change by accepting work from within the defunct regime and participating in the false elections. But the giant people, represented in their courageous youth, bold women and brave men, along with their children, rose up to say “the new birth is an existing promise for every living people”.    

The Sudanese people, whose magnificent processions will come out today to celebrate the anniversary of their revolution, deserve to rejoice, be proud and walk with their heads held high. They also deserve to see for themselves and feel with their hands the “political, economic and social change” that embodies the slogans of the glorious revolution: freedom, peace and justice. To honour and fulfill the blood of the martyrs, the change was achieved to clear the way for a new regime in which no one will shed blood of an innocent with impunity, a system that fulfills all requirements of a good governance from popular participation, transparency, accountability to the rule of law, within the framework of a democratic constitution of a civil state in which citizenship will be the basis of all rights, without discrimination on religious, ethnic, gender or regional grounds. 

The achievement of justice for the martyrs of post 11 April 2019 – the date of the fall of the regime – remains a special goal. Its distinctiveness stems from the fact that it is a test for the revolution as it poses a critical question: is impunity for the bloodshed of the Sudanese people still possible even after the revolution? This question is besieging the independent investigation committee set up to probe the sit-in dispersal near the army headquarters. Not only the committee but the question also besieges the entire transitional government’s institutions.

Sudan has a transitional period of 39 months, four months have already passed and 35 remaining. The authorities responsible for running the transitional period particularly the alliance of the “Forces for Freedom and Change”, the “civilian government headed by Abdullah Hamdouk” and the “Sovereign Council with its civilian and military components”, still have ample time to review and correct their mistakes in a courageous and determined manner, and to sincerely respond to early warning whistles blown by “stakeholders for the need of a radical change in the country towards peace, sustainable democracy, social justice and comprehensive and balanced development”.  The strategic objective of this group is to see a successful transitional period, and their criteria for the success is to safely pilot Sudan to the phase of free and fair elections, in which the people will elect the executive and legislative authorities that truly represent them. The path to arrive at this stage has major obstacles and challenges represented in the need to prepare the political arena in the country for an electoral process in which there are equal opportunities, guarantees of justice and integrity and comprehensive participation of all the components of the Sudanese people especially in the conflict areas and to choose an ideal system of elections.  

To prepare the scene in the said manner requires achieving peace, restructuring justice organs (judiciary and public prosecution), trying symbols of the defunct regime, recovering the looted public money, initiating a serious process for transitional justice as there will be no social peace and credible national reconciliation without liquidating the legacy of injustice, tyranny and corruption, halting deterioration of economy and alleviating the hard living conditions. This cannot be achieved without restructuring state organs to consolidate institutionalism, transparency and upholding criteria of efficiency and eradicating corruption. Without successfully achieving these pressing requirements, there can be no elections that achieve political stability and lay the foundation stone for sustainable democracy by addressing the issue of transfer of power in periodic elections, and to block the path for military coups, dispel specter of civil wars and descending into chaos. 

These difficult historical tasks require a solid political will and an exceptional political competence, that entails institutionalization and transparency in the work of the institutions of the transitional period and the alliance of the “Forces of Freedom and Change” and the sincere willingness to review, correct and broaden the base of participation, as well as strengthening the cohesion with the masses. The transitional period will not be successful without the support of a large, effective and systematic popular bloc, and securing such popular bloc does not come for free, but it requires systemic, institutional and continuous political, media and informational action, to neutralize “counter-revolution” by moving forward in achieving the goals of the “glorious revolution”.

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