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Sudan: Forces of Change to Form Transitional Legislative Council in April

Sudan: Forces of Change to Form Transitional Legislative Council in April

Monday, 23 March, 2020 - 08:00
Sudanese people celebrate, after Sudan's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement Khartoum, Sudan. Reuters file photo

Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) announced it will begin forming the Transitional Legislative Council by April after signing an agreement with the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).

The Front refuses to form the Council or parliament before reaching a final peace agreement that ensures its participation in the transitional authority.

The Central Council of the Freedom and Change Forces called for a peace agreement with the armed factions of the SRF in line with the timetable set for the end of the negotiation process on March 31.

"All discussions must be completed so that the Legislative Council is formed, immediately after the signing of the peace agreement, on April 9, without any additional delay," read the FFC statement.

Meanwhile, the transitional government continued its negotiations with the Darfur armed movements (Darfur Track), as the two parties agreed on several issues, with power sharing and security arrangements remaining unresolved.

The FFC council called to accelerate the negotiations with the SPLM-N, led by Abdulaziz al-Hilu, on contentious issues, especially religion and the state.

The Council also called for initiating talks with the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdelwahid Nur who currently resides in France, in order to reach a comprehensive and radical solution that ends the war in Sudan.

The statement added that consultations with the military members of the sovereignty council will take place on the 33 percent of seats as stipulated by the Constitutional Document.

The Document, signed between the FFC and the dissolved military council grants 67 percent of the transitional council’s seats to the coalition forces and reserved the remainder to the non-signatories of the FFC Declaration.

In other news, the motorcade of South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit was involved in a car crash Sunday while heading to attend the inauguration of the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdioceses of Juba.

A source in Juba told Asharq Al-Awsat that a car collided with one of the vehicles in the motorcade that was on its way to Kator Church along Tembura road.

The car carrying the president was not damaged, while one of the accompanying vehicles, which likely belongs to the Presidential Guard, was destroyed. None of its passengers were injured in the accident.

The source ruled out foul play, and indicated that the accident may have happened due to road conditions and speed.

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