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Exclusive - Mubarak Al-Mahdi: Revolution Won, Security Forces Will Collapse

Exclusive - Mubarak Al-Mahdi: Revolution Won, Security Forces Will Collapse

Saturday, 19 January, 2019 - 10:30
Mubarak al-Fadhel al-Mahdi (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Khartoum- Ahdem Younes
The former deputy prime minister and head of the Umma Party for Reform and Renewal, Mubarak al-Fadhel al-Mahdi, said that he expected the “victory of the Sudanese revolution”, and the imminent collapse of the security forces if protests continued.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat in Khartoum, Mahdi said that the armed forces would be biased toward the protesters if the situation became threatening to the security and stability of the country, regardless of their political orientation.

The prominent Sudanese political leader said that he had expected a revolution to break out in the country as a result of what he called “cumulative unjust practices by the regime”, and systematic repression against the community, in particular, women.

Mahdi, who was deputy prime minister in the dissolved government, also condemned the regime’s harassment of citizens and intimidation campaigns, which he said have doubled the society’s hatred to the ruling authority.

Asked about his assessment of the outcome of the ongoing protests, he said: “Many people think that the revolution won because it entered every house, and turned into a social situation... I believe that the country will not return to what it was before.”

“The revolution achieved a moral victory, and will soon realize material success,” he stressed.

He went on to say: “It is a psychological defeat for the government ... a defeat that broke its convictions and prompted many Islamists to join the revolution, including the sons of high-ranking officials in the ruling party who were arrested for participating in the demonstrations... This is, in my opinion, the biggest defeat of the regime.”

Mahdi criticized threats by leaders of the ruling party, such as Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and Fathah Izz al-Din, to resort to force and cut off the heads of protesters, and said those threats have confirmed their weakness and exposed the state of fragmentation within the movement.

On the extent to which the security forces succeeded in stopping the protests, Mahdi predicted the collapse of the security services if the demonstrations expanded.

“We will witness the collapse of these forces because their presence on the street increases their sense of isolation,” he affirmed.

The Sudanese leader ruled out the possibility of international intervention in his country, saying: “I think that the international situation allows intervention only within the framework of Security Council resolutions and convictions of persons before the International Criminal Court.”

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