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Sudan: Opposition Sign Power-sharing Deal with Military

Sudan: Opposition Sign Power-sharing Deal with Military

Sunday, 4 August, 2019 - 12:15
A Sudanese protester waves a national flag as another flashes the V for victory gesture as they take part in a demonstration called for by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) to denounce the July 29 Al-Obeid killings, in the capital Khartoum on August 1, 2019. (AFP)

Sudan’s military rulers and the main opposition coalition signed a power-sharing agreement on Sunday to open the door for a transition to civilian rule following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

Representatives initialed a constitutional document that would establish a joint military and civilian council to rule for a little over three years until elections can be held.

The agreement would establish a Cabinet appointed by the activists, as well as a legislative body, the Associated Press reported.

The military overthrew al-Bashir in April following months of mass protests against his three-decade-long autocratic rule. The protesters remained in the streets, demanding a rapid transition to a civilian authority.

The parties are expected to put their final signatures on the agreement on Aug. 17 at a ceremony in Khartoum attended by foreign leaders.

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the formation of a sovereign council will be announced on Aug. 18, Reuters reported.

Meanwhile, a new prime minister will be named on Aug. 20 and a cabinet on Aug. 28.

The cabinet and the sovereign council will meet together on Sept. 1, the sources noted, ahead of the appointment of a legislative assembly in three months.

The 300-member assembly will serve during the transitional period.

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