Hamidti reveals truth about dispute between “rapid support” and Sudan Army
The Vice-President of the Transitional Sovereignty Council in Sudan, Lieutenant General Muhammad Hamdan “Hamedti”, said that there is no disagreement between the Rapid Support Forces, which he heads, and the army.
Hamidti added, in an interview with the Rapid Support Forces, which are considered semi-regular military forces, at a military base in the capital, Khartoum, that “there is a disagreement, but it is between those who want to hand over power to civilians and those who insist on not leaving power,” according to the Associated Press.
He continued, “We cannot disagree with the army. Our disagreement is with those clinging to power. We are against those who stand against handing over power to a civilian government. We are against anyone who wants to be a dictator.”
He stressed that civilians and the military establishment agreed on the establishment of a democratic civilian rule, and “this is an irreversible line.”
And last week, the deputy commander of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces, Abd al-Rahim Daglo, said that there are those who promote discord between the army and its forces, stressing that “there will be no clash between the two parties.”
He directed his speech to those who promote discord between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, saying, “There will be no clash between the two parties. It is impossible for your brothers in the army to raise arms against you, or for us to raise arms against them. We are all one hand, building our dear homeland, and returning it to its normal state without division or dispersion.” “.
He pointed out that there were systematic media campaigns in the past days, behind which – owners of purposes – aimed at provoking the forces, distorting their image and influencing their morale because of their path in the right path, represented by protecting the homeland and guarding its borders, preserving the security of defenseless citizens, and standing with the desire of the people.
The Rapid Support Forces were established in 2013 as semi-regular forces affiliated with the National Security Agency, currently the National Intelligence Service, and are formally affiliated with the army and are subject to the Sudanese Armed Forces Law. However, the army command does not have the power to dismiss its leaders, especially after the decree issued by the head of the Transitional Military Council at the time, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on July 30, 2019, annulling its legal affiliation with the Sudanese army, according to Reuters.
Since last January, a political process has been taking place between the signatories of the “framework agreement” concluded on December 5, 2022 between the ruling Military Sovereignty Council and civilian opposition forces, most notably the Forces for Freedom and Change, to resolve the crisis in the country.
The agreement aims to resolve a political crisis that has been prolonged since October 25, 2021, when the army commander, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, imposed exceptional measures, including declaring a state of emergency and dissolving the Sovereign Council and the Transitional Ministers.