Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok met with a joint committee of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which included the Central Council, the National Umma Party (NUP), and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), who agreed to reunify and build a new structure for the broad coalition. This meeting took place a few days after another one the PM had with some Minni Minnawi-led groups. The holdout factions expressed their willingness to rejoin the historic FFC, but requested that the governors’ appointments and the establishment of the legislative council be postponed in order to focus on revamping the coalition institutions first.
In a statement released following the meeting, Hamdok’s cabinet said that Hamdok called the FFC joint committee to “make an attempt to reintegrate the other forces that are not part of the Forces of Freedom and Change.” According to the statement, the conference also examined the Prime Minister’s plan on “the national crisis and issues of transition – the way forward,” which aims to restructure state institutions and bring together the forces supporting the transition into a single body.
The Sudanese Communist Party, which opposes the transitional government’s economic reforms, has rebuffed requests to rejoin the restored FFC.
The members of the joint committee briefed Prime Minister Hamdok on the new restructuring and other choices they made in order to complete the reunification process. They briefed Hamdok on the representation of the FFC groupings in the new structure, according to Hadi Idriss, a member of the Sovereign Council and SRF leader. The formation of the FFC bodies, according to NUP Chairman Fadlallah Burma, happened after protracted talks amongst the three components.
Additionally, The ruling coalition opted to create three bodies: the General Assembly, the Leadership Council, and the Central Executive Council.
The creation of the legislative council was impeded by divisions within the FFC factions, which also delayed the transitional government’s implementation of reforms. They also contributed to the weakening of Hamdok’s government, which rules the country in tandem with the military.