The chief of Sudan’s primary paramilitary faction issued a stark warning on Thursday, intimating the establishment of a ruling body in regions under his dominion should his adversaries in the military institute a government, as per Reuters’ conveyance.
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the esteemed leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), has been embroiled in a bitter skirmish with the military for nearly half a year, a confrontation that has grievously destabilized the nation, giving rise to an acute humanitarian predicament.
In the preceding month, a distinguished member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, led by the revered General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, proposed the inception of an interim governance structure.
On that fateful Thursday, Dagalo, colloquially referred to as Hemedti, pronounced, “Should the military orchestrate the formation of governance, we shall promptly embark on comprehensive deliberations to inaugurate a veritable civilian dominion in regions under our expansive sway, with Khartoum as the epicenter.”
He further elucidated that any endeavor by the military to institute an interim governance in the eastern maritime gateway of Port Sudan would invariably fracture the nation.
As the RSF has permeated residential zones spanning Khartoum, Bahri, and Omdurman, the military has leveraged its superior artillery and aerial bombardment to repel them, leading to a grievous toll on the civilian populace.
Hostilities between the army and the Rapid Support Forces erupted on April 15, following simmering tensions regarding the amalgamation of their respective forces in a nascent democratic transition. Although multiple nations have instigated reconciliation initiatives, none have managed to quell the ongoing strife.