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Sudan military council، opposition inch closer to final deal

Wednesday 15/May/2019 - 05:16 PM
Sada El Balad

(Reuters) - Sudan’s military rulers and an alliance of protesters and opposition groups were set to meet on Wednesday to hash out the details of a sovereign council designed to steer the country towards democracy during a three-year transition.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC)، which took over after overthrowing and jailing veteran President Omar al-Bashir on April 11، has been holding intermittent talks with the opposition Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) for several weeks.

Early on Wednesday، they announced a deal on the composition of a legislative council and the duration of the transition. But they said they would continue talks on the key sticking point of the make-up of the sovereign ruling council.

Both sides expressed optimism that they could reach a final deal، with talks expected to resume on Wednesday evening.

Protesters pushing for a civilian-led transition and for security forces to be held to account for the deaths of demonstrators have remained in the streets، however.

Some expressed caution over the prospects for an agreement that would satisfy their demands.

“We are still sticking to our plan،” said Altaj Blah، a protester in central Khartoum. “The barriers are there and they are not moving until our demands are met.”

The two sides announced in the early hours of Wednesday that the transition would last three years - a compromise between the TMC’s proposal of two years and the DFCF’s preference for four.

The TMC said the DFCF would have two-thirds of the seats on a transitional legislative council while parties outside the alliance would take the rest. Free elections would be held at the end of the three-year transition.


Edited by: Mohamed Emad

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