The Hardest Work Now Begins For Sudan

After months of contentious diplomacy and protests—some of which turned deadly, the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) signed a constitutional declaration to bring political stability to the country. The signing of the declaration is a significant milestone for Sudan as the declaration could pave a way for the Sudanese people to experiment with democratic principles and values through the period of their political transition. The country’s building of a democratic society characterised by strong institutions, norms of free speech, the right to vote, open and participatory politics, will encounter a myriad of internal—and sometimes external—political challenges. The building process will be long, perhaps costly.

It may not only cost financial resources but also human lives, unfortunately, just as it was during the military crackdown on protesters. A similar post-uprising scenario played out in the aftermath of the Arab Spring; One can only hope Sudan does not politically collapse like some of the countries that experienced the spring….

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