Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council head to lead new ruling sovereign council

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council head to lead new ruling sovereign council

Railway workers and other protesters had traveled to the capital Friday by train from Atbara, the northern transport hub where the uprising began in December. "So it's huge for us, despite the fact that we still have demands", she said, speaking with a Sudanese flag draped around her, standing outside Friendship Hall while the agreement was being signed.

After brandishing a signed green book containing the transition documents, protest leader Mohamed Naji al-Assam called on the military council to work "together to establish a sustainable democracy".

Former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, the leader of the opposition Umma party, said the deal is a "first step" in the democratic change until "fair" elections are held.

After weeks of tense negotiations, Sudan's TMC and protest leaders reached a preliminary agreement earlier this month following global pressure and concerns that the political crisis could ignite a civil war.

"I invite everyone to make this day a new stage of getting over the bitterness of the past and looking towards the future", Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the military council, said at the end of the ceremony.

The TMC and the main opposition alliance, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), have been negotiating the power-sharing deal since then, but continued unrest, during which more protesters were killed, delayed an agreement.

The FFC has nominated economist Abdalla Hamdok as prime minister.

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Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in the Darfur region, had been slated to appear in court on Saturday on corruption charges.

"The revolution has achieved its goals", he said, vowing the military would guarantee the transition to civilian rule.

Dagalo, also known as Hemedti, commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), some of whose members have been accused of involvement in killing demonstrators who have repeatedly turned out in huge numbers to press for political progress.

Sudan's peace has been elusive since the ouster of long-serving former president Omar al Bashir on Following the successful ouster of al-Bashir on Thursday, April 11.

Will Sudan return to civilian rule?

The constitutional declaration determines the powers of the transitional-period structures and members of the transitional government which will last for 39 months. He served as the deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa since November 2011, and has yet to be confirmed by the sovereign council.

The signed political declaration determines the structures of the transitional period, including the sovereignty council, the council of ministers and the transitional legislative council. There will be a power-sharing deal envisaging a governing body of six civilians and five generals.

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