October 23, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The rebel coalition group known as Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) affirmed its support to the unification of all opposition forces for the aim of toppling the regime and bringing about a democratic transformation which does not exclude any of the national political forces.
- SRF leaders, form the left, Gibril Ibrahim (JEM), Malik Agar (SPLM-N), Abdel wahil Al Nur (SLM-AW) Minnin Minnawi (SLM-MM) and Yasir Arman (SPLM-N), on 4 October 2012 after the signing of a new political agreement between the rebel groups in Kampala, Uganda (Photo SRF)
The SRF is a coalition between the armed rebel groups in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
The SRF leadership held a meeting on Wednesday in preparation for its upcoming meeting with the leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP) al-Sadiq al-Mahdi.
The SRF media secretary and spokesperson, Abul-Gasim Imam, said in press statements afterwards that the focus of the anticipated meeting with al-Mahdi should be on regime change in order to fulfill the desires of the Sudanese people and the martyrs who fell during the continued battles against the regime.
He mentioned that the SRF intends to hold meetings with all political forces and civil society organizations including youths and women groups in order to unify the opposition forces to overthrow the regime.
The SRF had earlier said that it accepted a request from Al-Mahdi asking for a meeting with its leadership in Kampala, stressing that no date has been yet determined for the meeting.
Al-Mahdi for his part said that the opposition forces would coordinate with the armed groups as long as they committed themselves to a peaceful regime change.
The former Prime Minister who leads the largest opposition party in Sudan, is opposed to the use of force to topple the regime. Instead, he calls for holding comprehensive talks including rebel groups and political parties and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).
He also proposes, like the other opposition parties, the formation of a national unity government to run the country during an interim period followed by elections after settlement of regional conflicts and agreement on constitutional principles.
The Sudanese government refuses opposition’s demand for the formation of an interim government and parliament, calling on them to prepare themselves to compete freely in 2015 general elections.
For the alliance of rebel groups, the government proposes separate talks on Darfur, South Kordofan, and the Blue Nile.