After meeting for two days in Khartoum last week, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) civilian umbrella announced on Friday, 5 July that they had reached an agreement to end the deadlock in their country.
According to a Reuters witness, the streets in Khartoum’s twin city, Omdurman across the Nile River erupted in celebration when the news broke. Thousands of people of all ages took to the streets, chanting “Civilian! Civilian! Civilian!” There was banging on drums, honking of horns and women ululating in jubilation.
Amidst this breakthrough, it remains to be seen whether TMC will rule fairly in the absence of a legislator, especially due to their involvement in the human rights abuses in Sudan and whether they can be trusted to hand over power to the FFC after 18 months. As well as whether FCC will be able to transition from a protest movement into a political force that can govern the country well in the absence of a strong ideological basis that binds them together. In addition, it’s uncertain what role Islamists (who are partners of the TMC) will play in the future of Sudan as they “view themselves as intermediaries between God and Sudanese people” FCC told VOA.
Yet, we thank the Lord for this breakthrough, and we thank you for your prayers for Sudan. Please continue to pray for Sudan – for all involved in implementing the agreement as well as for good governance and wisdom moving forward. Also, pray for continued wisdom and courage for the Church who had an opportunity to engage during these changes. Pray that the FFC will not back down on their demands for religious freedom for all in Sudan, and for wisdom and courage to counter pressure from Islamists who want Sudan ruled under Sharia law.
Thank you for your prayers.
Source: Reuters, VOA, Al Jazeera and AP