Published: Fri, July 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudan's military council, opposition ink power-sharing deal

Sudan's military council, opposition ink power-sharing deal

The two groups signed a document early Wednesday during a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum, on early Wednesday, marking an important step in the transition to civilian rule following the ouster of Sudan's longtime strongman, Omar al-Bashir, after 30 years in power.

"Signing the agreement is a historic moment for the Sudanese nation and initiates a new era of partnership", Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, the TMC's deputy chairman, said in a speech following the signing of the deal.

The signing of the document appears to confirm an agreement made in principle earlier this month.

The governing council is to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian administration that will operate for just over three years, after which elections would be held.

According to the declaration, the sovereignty council would be chaired by one of the military representatives for the first 21 months as of the date of signing the agreement, while it is to be chaired by a civilian member for the remaining 18 months of the transitional period.

The two sides are still working on a much more contentious constitutional declaration, which is expected to be signed on Friday, 19 July 2019, according to an African Union mediator.

The military and protesters had found themselves in a deadlock, since security forces broke up a sit-in protest in Khartoum last month.

In June, Sudanese security forces stormed a protester camp outside the Defense Ministry and killed dozens of demonstrators, who were demanding civilian rule.

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The parties also agreed to form an independent technocratic government.

"It is a new era of partnership between the courageous armed forces and our partners in the FFC alliance and the Sudanese people", he said.

The six civilians will include five from the umbrella protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change.

"We have suffered enough from totalitarian dictatorial regimes that have enslaved the people and devoured our riches".

"All the members of the FFC have agreed on the issue of immunity and to restrict it procedurally", he told reporters, adding that the issue would be presented at a meeting later on Tuesday with the military council.

"This agreement is repeating the same policies of the centre of Sudan against the rural and marginalized areas, neglected since the independence of Sudan in 1956", said SRF head Malik Agar.

They stayed put outside the ministry and, on 3 June, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary group under the command of the ruling military council, moved in to disperse them.

Direct talks were later revived after mediation efforts by the African Union and Ethiopia.

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