SRF conflicts…the end of Al Mahdi?


The positions within Sudan’s Call have witnessed rapid developments that are going against the interests of al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, head of the alliance and head of the National Umma Party (NUP) and the disagrements emerged between the rebel movements within the coalition on the one hand and Al Mahdi on the other. 

The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) leader headed by the Secretary-General of the Alliance, Minni Arko Minawi passed a motion of no-confidence against Sadiq al-Mahdi following accusations by the leaders of commited a number of regulatory excesses and making decisions without refering to the Secretariat, during a meeting held in the absence of Al Mahdi, to discuss developments in the situation in the Alliance of Sudan Call. 

The participants expressed their rejection of the appointment of Mohammed Abdullah al-Duma as deputy to the Al Mahdi, describing this procedure as serious transgression of the regulations and an attempt to undermine the powers of the Secretary-General of the alliance Arko Minawi, who was not consulted in the appointment decision.

The meeting acknowledged the existence of deep differences in the vision between the Al-Mahdi and the SRF, especially after the former insisted on his position on the African roadmap, despite signing in Addis Ababa, stressing adherence to the African map as a reference to deal with the government with the continued demand for some amendments.

The crisis began between Al Mahdi and the leaders of the SRF since he took over the presidency of the coalition and the subsequent adoption of the constitutional declaration, which provided for a peaceful solution as an alternative to armed action and commitment to civil mechanisms for change, which raised the anger of the Revolutionary Front led by Minawi and rushed to declare their commitment to armed action.

The contradiction rose among the leaders of the alliance due to this move, which calls for non-use of weapons and the use of peaceful means, as well as the constitutional declaration of the call of the Sudanese armed forces to the objectives of the peaceful civil coalition, but the SRF was far from those guidelines and said that they bear full responsibility for any armed action Against the Sudanese government.

The presidency of the Mahdi of Sudan Call is controversial in its components and varied views between the reservation on the choice of Al- Mahdi as it will not provide a new and that his presidency will be a rival on the Revolutionary Front, while some components agreed to head reluctantly to try to gain the Revolutionary Front a political banner. 

The biggest difference between the two sides is the continued commitment of the Alliance to the African Roadmap signed by the armed movements, Al-Mahdi and the Sudanese government.

Recently, the SRF felt Al-Mahdi’s disavowal of the road map and was not far from the memory of the differences between the revolutionary Front and the Al-Mahdi Party during the recent Paris meetings when Maryam Sadiq insisted that there be work to Sudan Call at home and abroad, while the Revolutionary Front held that the Secretariat in reference to “Minawi” The party responsible for the executive and the Umma Party felt that the Revolutionary Front wanted to expand the powers of the Secretary-General.

The splinter leader of the rebel SRF Mohammed Abdullah Adam that the disagreement between the leaders of the SRF and Al-Mahdi is not born of the moment , there was a strong conflicts between them when Al-Mahdi become the  head of the coalition, and intensified the conflict between Malik Agar group, which does not support the presidency of Al-Mahdi to the Sudan Call, and Minnawi Group which supported him.

Adam said Minnawi recently accept Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi prsidency for political gains and bring out the image of the alliance on the grounds as civel and political alliance in the hope of gaining legitimacy for the rebel movements that have become a weapon is unacceptable internally and internationally.  

Adam said that there are a number of differences between the revolutionary and Al-Mahdi appear in the SRF desire to expand the powers of the Secretary-General, while the Sudan call aspire to give the Secretary of the interior constitutional powers to the powers of the Secretary to, Yasser Arman, About the session of the presidency of the Sudan Call, where the parties iside the Alaince to be a session for a year while the SRF maintains that the presidency is periodic, which has not been resolved yet.  

Whatever the disagrements between Al- Mehdi and the SRF, there are constants that neither side can deny, represented by the conviction that this alliance is a “forced alliance” imposed by the reality on the revolutionary front, which has become completely isolated, as well as the Mahdi, who is addicted to play on the ropes.