Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudan’s protesters claim victory after power-sharing deal with military council

Sudan’s protesters claim victory after power-sharing deal with military council

The ruling Transitional Military Council and the opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC) have reached an agreement on power sharing during a transitional period of three years and three months.

A power-sharing agreement was reached Friday between Sudan's military government and civilian opposition, bringing an end to the month-long standoff between the two sides, and the best bit of news in almost 30 years.

Guterres "encourages all stakeholders to ensure the timely, inclusive, and transparent implementation of the agreement and resolve any outstanding issues through dialogue", said a United Nations statement.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded protests calling for civilian rule, released a statement Friday saying both parties had agreed to form a joint sovereign council to lead the country's transition.

The deal has revived hopes for a peaceful transition of power in Sudan, which has been rocked by violent protests in April which saw the ouster of longtime autocratic leader Omar al-Bashir.

It calls for setting up a sovereign council with a rotating military and civilian presidency for a period of three years and three months.

The Sudanese community in Manitoba is cautiously rejoicing over a joint power deal announced by the military and civilian protesters in Sudan.

Farai Dziva|The Sudanese army and the opposition have entered into a power sharing deal.

"We would like to reassure all political forces, armed movements and all those who participated in the change. that this agreement will be comprehensive and will not exclude anyone", he said.

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"We have won a victory against injustice", said Shihab Salah, a 23-year-old unemployed engineering graduate carrying a national flag.

The agreement will see the military in charge for the first 18 months, then a civilian-run administration for the remaining 18 months. But the military has not been willing to cede power. According to Abas, five members of the council would be selected by the military and other five would be selected by the civilians.

To prevent civilians from organising protests, the military council shut off the internet for a month and brutally shut down sit-ins.

At least 136 people have been killed since June 3, according to doctors close to the protest movement.

The protest alliance says it is now in charge of appointing the new prime minister and a transitional government of technocrats.

Since last December Sudan has lived through mass demonstrations in protest of the soaring prices of goods and commodities as well as inflation.

He said that concessions were necessary to avoid further bloodshed.

"It is the security sector's intent to accept civilian control that will determine whether Sudan can move to a fully civilian rule in the future".

Prominent protest leader Babikir Faisal said that while the deal may not be a cure-all, an agreement with the generals was needed.

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