Interviews

Gibriel Ibrahim of JEM uncovers differences within the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF)

جبريل إبراهيم، رئيس حركة العدل والمساواة

Interviewed by Mashayer Daraj

Head of  Justice and Equality Movement, Dr. Gibriel Ibrahim, stressed the seriousness of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front(SRF) in achieving peace through the ongoing negotiations in Juba, saying that the
previous regime was the one that failed to provide a true  partner with a real will to achieve peace, while the movements remained in constant search for peace.

Gibriel ruled out a rift within the Minawi movement in the wake of its departure from the Revolutionary Front, which weakened the opposition in terms of  number of its leaders. Gibriel added, “I do not encourage
defections because I know its bad effects on the revolution, but decisions that lack wisdom usually have their consequences”.

Ibrahim stated that the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement is concerned with preserving the unity of the revolutionary front, adhering to its constitution and respecting all its components, and can only stand with what it sees as reconciling with SRF’s  goal.

In an  interview conducted earlier  with the Khartoum based (Hikayat) newspaper ,Gibriel said that the real reasons for Minawi’s withdrawal from the revolutionary front,  is that the movement wanted to impose its vision and will on the front and direct it according to its whims.

” In alliances, one needs to accept the leadership of others , if he wants others to accept his leadership, even though it is Comrade Minawi who led the process of uniting the two fronts, and amending the
constitution to conform to the requirements of the united front, but he has shown a lot of indignation from the new leadership of the front since its election In September 2019, he was never satisfied with it”
Chairman of JEM added.

“The negotiating process will continue smoothly, if the mediation team lead it with wisdom” Gibreel further added.

Adhering to the constitution

Gabriel Ibrahim stated that the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement is concerned with preserving the unity of the Sudanese RevolutionaryFront by adhering to its constitution and respecting all its
components, and it can only stand with what it sees as reconciling
with this goal.

” I do not think that the Sudan Liberation Movement, the leadership of Minawi, accepts the mediation of the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement, because it grew to our knowledge that it confided to some
parties that its real problem with this movement is not with others, and I would have wished that if I had explicitly disclosed the reasons for his dispute with the movement and directed his arrows on it
instead of Revolutionary Front. ” Ibrahim said .

Gabriel ruled out a rift within the Minawi movement, saying, “I do not have enough information about what is going on within the SLM, Minawi’s leadership, and I do not encourage splits, because I know its bad effects on the revolution, but decisions that lack wisdom usually have their consequences.”

He said that the constituent organizations of the Revolutionary Front are mostly ancient organizations, and with a legacy in opposing political work with all its tools, which excludes the external factor
being the main engine for the differences between these organizations, and increased “even though I hesitate to place the place of the external influencer at large by virtue of the fact that the world has
become a village It is small, and it is difficult to distinguish between external and internal influences in a definite manner.

Peace process

Dr Gibreel  stressed that the revolutionary front is very serious in achieving peace this time and every time, but the previous regime is the one that failed to provide a partner with a real will to achieve peace, while the movements have been in constant search for peace, because they and their people are affected mainly by the continuation of the war and not addressing Its effects.

Gabriel hoped that the peace agreement would be signed initialed on the twentieth of June, saying, “I hope that these small pitfalls will be a motive to reach a final peace agreement as soon as possible.”

He made it clear that they do not want the armed movements to remain in their present capacity as they are working to reform them, and they also strive very hard to conclude a peace agreement that allows these
movements to become political parties governed by the law of parties, and rationalized democratic practice within them and in the national political scene.

Describing Minawi’s withdrawal from the Revolutionary Front as regrettable, he added, “The Sudanese arena is full of problems, and does not need to add salt to the bleeding wound. Brother Minawi was
elected Secretary-General by virtue of his leadership presence in the revolutionary front at the time.

Differences with Forces for Freedom and Change

Gabriel pointed out that politics is not necessarily an arena for charitable work, and it is natural for political forces to have special interests that work to achieve them, but the principle in them is that these interests are not an opponent of the interests of the country and the citizen, sadly, the reality says that many political forces work to achieve their narrow interests Without regard to the interests of the country and the citizen.

Dr. Ibrahim expected that the differences within the forces of freedom and change would stimulate some of them to search for alternatives, or new alignments. Competition in the political arena turns on the ability of each party to develop the citizen’s life with the highest levels of efficiency and cleansing the hand at the lowest
costs, instead of fighting over concepts that the simple citizen does not understand and does not mean in anything.

He considered the freezing of the Umma Party for its activities in the forces of freedom and change as a result of the indulgence of the National Umma Party to claim its right at the stage of forming a decision-making body in the forces of freedom and change
.

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