Khartoum / Talal Ismail / Anatolia

Brigadier-General Al-Tahir Abuhaga, media advisor to the President of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that the talk about “cleaning and restructuring” the army, is intended to leave Sudan without claws.

This came in a press statement by Brigadier General Abu Haja, on Saturday, which was reviewed by Anatolia.

Abu Haja said: “Talking about cleaning and restructuring the armed forces, it is intended to leave Sudan without an army or claws, to make it easier to divide and swallow it.”

He continued: “Whoever thinks that the systematic campaign against the Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, can stop at him only, and not extend to his officers and soldiers, is mistaken. It is a malicious campaign against the army and the dignity and pride of every Sudanese officer and soldier.”

On Tuesday, the National Consensus Forces, one of the components of the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces, called for the restructuring of the Sudanese armed forces and other regular forces, and the expulsion of the remnants of the former regime from them.

On May 12, parties from the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (the ruling coalition), most notably the “National Nation”, the “Sudanese Congress”, and the “Arab Socialist Ba’ath” called for the restructuring of the security and military services.

Abu Haja added: “Those who cry for help from foreigners, whose memory is ruined, want to falsely portray to the world that the military are against democratic transformation and the civil state. These people aim to put the country and its army in the face of the international community.”

However, he added, “But no way. The Commander in Chief is the one who removed Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.”

And he added: “He (Al-Burhan) is the leader of openness to the international community, the leader of the campaign to lift the siege on Sudan, and the protector of the democratic transition. This is a losing bet.”

And the media advisor to the Bernah continued, “The coup is not about the exit of tanks and the closure of bridges, but rather the departure of the political mind from rationality and wisdom and the closing of the horizon before it, and the illusion that strangers will interfere when we disagree without an agenda or interests.”

Disagreements between the military and civilian components of the transitional authority intensified without consensus on issuing decisions in the Sovereignty Council on several issues, most notably dealing with protesters in eastern Sudan, handing over power to civilians, and appointing a chief justice.

On Friday, a member of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman, accused the military component, the partner of the transitional authority in the country, of trying to control the political situation.

On Wednesday, Al-Burhan said during the graduation ceremony of military forces west of the capital, Khartoum, that “political forces are not interested in the problems of citizens,” while his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemedti”, considered that “politicians are the cause of the military coups”, against the backdrop of a failed coup attempt.

And on Tuesday, Defense Minister Yassin Ibrahim announced the thwarting of a coup attempt led by Major General Abdul-Baqi Al-Hassan Othman Bakrawi, along with 22 other officers of different ranks, non-commissioned officers and soldiers.

Officials accused figures from the former regime of being behind the failed coup attempt, on Tuesday, while the former ruling National Congress Party, during the era of Omar al-Bashir, denied this.

Since August 21, 2019, Sudan has been living a 53-month transitional period that ends with elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civil forces and armed movements that signed a peace agreement with the government, on 3 October.
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