Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Sudan crisis: Military generals, protest leaders agree on constitutional declaration

Sudanese military and protesters reach full agreement on power-sharing deal Sudan's military council and main opposition coalition agree to a constitutional declaration
Patty Aguilar | 05 August, 2019, 07:12

The country's ruling military council was set to resume talks with protest leaders later Thursday to finalize a power-sharing agreement, the protest coalition said.

The pro-democracy coalition in a statement said that it would sign the document today.

The constitutional declaration is complementary to the power-sharing deal signed on 17 July, meant to form a joint civilian-military ruling body which will oversee the formation of a civilian parliament to govern for a three-year transition period.

They were suspended for weeks after men in military uniform broke up a long-running protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum on June 3, killing at least 127 people according to doctors close to the protest movement.

The two sides had agreed on many aspects of a political transition, including its duration and the bodies to oversee it.

"We do believe that tomorrow we will bring the Sudanese people good news about these talks", Ibrahim Alamin of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) told a joint press conference early Friday after overnight talks with Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC). There would also be a Cabinet of technocrats chosen by the protesters, as well as a legislative council, the makeup of which would be decided within three months.

Two opposition leaders and members of the FFC negotiating team, Babikir Faisal and Omer al-Digair told the official news agency SUNA that the agreement will be initialled on Sunday evening, while the date of the signing ceremony will be determined later.

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Protest leaders said they had won the military's agreement that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) irregulars would be integrated in the army chain of command. However, the defence and the interior ministers will be appointed by the military council.

"The delegations of the TMC and FFC have settled the issue of the constitutional declaration, and that means the disputes have been resolved".

On Monday six protesters including four students were shot death during a large student protests in El-obeid city, north Kordofan over the rising costs of bread and transportation.

Since then the Transitional Military Council has been met with frequent protests as well as opposing paramilitary forces and Islamist militias.

Protest leader Omar al-Dagir said the agreement announced Saturday would pave the way for appointments to the transitional bodies.

Sudan has been convulsed by rebellions in its far-flung provinces for decades. The military has said he will not be extradited.

Many Sudanese expressed relief that an end was finally in sight to the seven and a half months of protests and political unrest that have gripped the increasingly impoverished country.

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