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Hemedti: Siding with the revolution or mere political tactics?

Vice-President of the Sovereignty Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti) has provoked different reactions and raised many questions regarding his latest moves.
Special: AlTaghyeer
Leader of the Rapid Support Militia, Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, colloquially known as Hemedti, has offered varying positions on current Sudanese issues during his time in the country’s sovereignty council, with some interpreting them as changing according to his interests and unlimited political ambition.
His latest controversy was his welcoming of the constitutional declaration prepared by the Sudanese Bar Association Steering Committee, which was considered contrary to the position of the Council’s Chairman, Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and prompted questions about whether the position was leaning in favor of the revolution and the Sudanese public, or just a political tactic?!
Military Withdrawal
On the fourth of last July, al-Burhan announced the withdrawal of the military establishment from the dialogue process – which was taking place under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in East and Central Africa (IGAD) – to make room for the political and revolutionary forces to form a government of national competencies. Al-Burhan called on these forces to form a government of “civil national competencies.”
The Sudanese public did not receive Al-Burhan’s message as being “serious” or “honest”, and the head of the National Umma Party, Fadlallah Barma Nasser, revealed in statements at the time that al-Burhan had told him that he would only hand over power to an elected authority, negating what he had pledged.
Barma said he had noticed more seriousness in Hemedti’s pledge regarding handing over power to civilians.
Absorbing the Anger
Hemedti recently revealed that, during a meeting between him and al-Burhan, the pair reaffirmed the military establishment’s exit from the political process, and handing over power to civilians who would then choose the Sovereignty Councils members and civilian ministers.
The Rapid Support leader added to this position his welcoming of the draft transitional constitution for the Bar Association, which had been widely accepted by the international community.
Divergent Views
High-ranking sources told AlTaghyeer that Hemedti’s welcome of the constitutional declaration was not “successful” due to it failing to acknowledge his the Rapid Support Forces.
The sources added that Hemedti had not seen the announcement, and if he had seen it, he would not have welcomed it in this way. They described his welcoming of the announcement as “rushed”.
The sources also denied the existence of “friction” between Al-Burhan and Hemedti, saying they only had differing views between them.
They stressed that these differences cannot possibly push the Sudanese army and Rapid Support Forces into confrontation.
Possible Confrontation
Other sources acknowledged “restlessness” among the middle and junior ranks in the armed forces.
They revealed to AlTaghyeer that army leader al-Burhan sensed the danger and retired a large number of his officers who had refused the “Rapid Support Forces” talk to instill fear in everyone who stands against him.
The sources added that the hidden dispute between the army and the RSF became public after the latter refused to return a number of armored vehicles belonging to the Sudanese army, which it had seized by force earlier in the process of collecting weapons in Darfur.
Military Ally
Military expert, Lt. Col. Omar Arbab, attributed Hemedti’s welcome of the constitutional declaration to his feeling of isolation and that he needs a political incubator and popular support, and that there is no one in the political scene for to do that for him except for the Freedom and Change – Central Council, which needs a military ally.
He told AlTaghyeer that this issue brings to mind the old alliance between Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and the RSF during the transitional period.
Political Evasion
Regarding the withdrawal of the military from the political process, Arbab said that the military was not serious about the matter, describing what happened as “political evasion,” as evidenced by the ongoing conflict over the issue of powers in the transitional period.
The military expert believes that the Security and Defense Council proposed by Freedom and Change is a powerless council subject to the prime minister, unlike the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which lies outside the powers of the state and the executive authority.
“Through this council, the military can preserve the military’s economic gains and foreign relations, and all the areas in which the military has expanded and does not want to give up at the present time,” Arbab said.
Revolutionary Council
The leader of Freedom and Change, Moez Hazrat, agrees with what Arbab said. He told AlTaghyeer that the majority of the proposed Council of Freedom and Change is for civilians and that they set the supreme policies of Sudanese national security by means of strategic experts, and the military will have representatives only in the council.
“But the Supreme Council, which Al-Burhan has been calling for, is a military council that dominates the Foreign Affairs, Finance and the Bank of Sudan, a coup council that wants to control the whole country and leaves the civilians with a cartoon government.”
He continued, “This is unacceptable and will not solve the coup crisis.”
In turn, Arbab believes that the military won’t change path until elections, where hopefully a government loyal to them can be established and help maintain the same gains for them.
“Playing for Keeps”
Hazrat stressed that Al-Burhan and Hemedti have no credibility, and that they were making these statements only to “buy time.”
He added that Hemedti’s welcome of the Bar Association’s declaration was worthless because the welcome was not a word that could be kept.
“He should have respected the constitutional document he signed instead of talking,” he said.
“It is not the right of the army or the regular forces to have private companies operating in the market because their mission is not trade and profit, but rather to provide security for the country and preserve the borders.”
“The regular forces’ work in trade is corruption,” he continued.
Hazrat called for the existence of transitional justice due to there being many problems and crimes committed during this period. “A just judiciary is only suitable for a transitional justice that is compatible with the conditions of Sudan.”
General Impression
Abdul Rahman Abu Khreis, a professor of political science at Sudanese universities, described Hemedti’s welcome of the constitutional declaration as a “general impression.”
He told AlTaghyeer that Dagalo’s statement was for bridging gaps and gaining popularity, due the issue of the sit-in dispersal and the negative image that has followed him after it.
“There is no disagreement in the sense that threatens the country, but there is a difference of opinions between Hemedti and Al-Burhan,” he declared.
He explained that civilians are promoting this dispute after failing to sit down with each other and agree on the formation of a civilian government.
Abu Khreis stressed that al-Burhan and Hemedti face a common fate and are each other’s protection, and neither of them will be able to rule alone, in light of the great rejection they face from the Sudanese public’s rejection of military and militia rule.

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