Wednesday 17 July 2019

Power-sharing deal brings hope for Sudan

News of the deal, which one analyst said followed regional and international pressure on both sides, sparked street celebrations in the capital of Khartoum (stock photo)
News of the deal, which one analyst said followed regional and international pressure on both sides, sparked street celebrations in the capital of Khartoum (stock photo)

Fay Abuelgasim

Sudan's ruling military council and its pro-democracy movement both welcomed a new power-sharing agreement reached yesterday.

It raises hopes of an end to a three-month political crisis that has paralysed the country and led to scores of deaths following a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters by authorities.

News of the deal, which one analyst said followed regional and international pressure on both sides, sparked street celebrations in the capital of Khartoum.

The crisis has gripped Sudan ever since the military ousted long-time autocrat Omar el-Bashir in April.

The sides agreed to form a joint military and civilian sovereign council to lead the country during a transition period of three years and three months, said a statement by the Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded the protests. The joint council had been a sticking point in the negotiations.

The council will include five civilians representing the protest movement and five military members. An 11th seat will go to a civilian chosen by both sides.

A military member will preside over the council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian member after that, according to the statement.

"Today, our revolution has won and our victory shines," the SPA said in the statement.

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