19 | 05 | 2019

South Africa held general elections on May 6-8.  Although there had been some discussion previously of the South African Communist  Party (SACP) running its own separate candidates, in the end the communists pushed for support for the African National Congress’ incumbent president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and for ANC candidates at other levels.  Preliminary results indicate that the ANC has once more won a majority in parliament and Ramaphosa has been reelected—in both cases, with somewhat reduced margins.

The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, attended on Monday an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) of the Republic of South Africa, chaired by Vuma Glenton Mashinini, to accompany the national and Provincials elections of that nation scheduled for this Wednesday, May 8.

Our dignified people, what is tajing place in the cities of Nyala and Zalingei by the security services and remnants of the regime in terms of ending the peaceful sit-in is a serious threat to the Revolution and its gains. We, in the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, categorically reject and condemn the violence by the security services, which led to many injuries. It is a violent act that sends us back to square one.

News about an assault and acts of vandalism at a People’s Congress meeting held on 27th April 2019 at the Qurtuba Hall in Khartoum have been in circulation. The Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) condemn this and any other attacks regardless of causes. We believe in everyone’s right of association and expression. There is no place for exclusion or violent claiming of rights in this country our brave revolutionaries are building.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 97 million members in 130 countries of the 5 continents, would like to extend its condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during heavy rains and floods in the eastern coast of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa earlier this week.

We know that in situations like this it is always the poor and the working class that are mostly affected by such unfortunate events. The WFTU expresses its sadness and sorrow with the working class and people of South Africa who now find themselves displaced, without food, clothes and shelter.

On yesterday, the 21st of April, the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) announced that they are stopping all forms of communication with the Transitional Military Council (TMC). This happened after the TMC called for a meeting to question the intention of the DFC forces to announce the names of its candidates for the civilian sovereign council and the transitional cabinet. The TMC conveyed that it received over a hundred proposals on how to formulate the the interim government and it will study all of them to proceed forward. The TMC clearly expressed that it does not recognize the DFC forces as the representative of the protestors in the sitdown strike (sit-in) and that it considers other forces – forces that include allies of the deposed regime – as legitimate partners in the transitional period.

Press conference to declare the transitional civilian authority, at the sit-in grounds, Khartoum

We call on the masses of our proud people, all the local, regional and international media, and diplomatic missions to attend and cover the press conference to be held on the grounds of the sitdown strike (sit-in) on Sunday, 21st of April, at 7:00pm Sudan time.

At the press conference, the names of those selected for the membership of the civilian Sovereign Council, which will assume the responsibilities of the sovereign head of state (collectively) for the transitional period, will be announced. Additionally, details will be mentioned, at the conference, about the progress of efforts of forming the other civilian authorities, namely the civilian legislative council and civilian council of ministers, whose names will be announced later on.

Joint Statement by the Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change on the Formulation of Transitional Civil Government.

The Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change have arrived at a final conceptual framework for the structural functions of the Transitional Civil Authority. The process was a product of an integrated vision developed in accordance with the Freedom and Change Declaration as endorsed by the popular masses and their active revolutionary forces.

Statement on the meeting between the Armed Forces and the liaising delegation representing the forces signatory to the Declaration of Freedom and Change

Our Noble People,

First, we confirm that we have received several observations which express concerns regarding the representation of the liaising delegation. These observations demanded a fair inclusion of the different regions of Sudan, plus women and the various revolutionary bodies that reflect the unique diversity of our country. These are limitations which we apologize for and promise to correct immediately. It is your revolution and it is you who make decisions first and foremost. We do not lead, but express your hopes and aspirations and strive to be up to this great responsibility.

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