Sudan: Army Rulers, Protesters Agree On 3-Year Transition Period

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Medical staff at a clinic attend to a man suffering convulsions by tear gas inhalation inside the sit-in in Khartoum on the night of May 13, 2019.

Sudan’s military rulers in addition to protest movement leaders have set a time frame for transitioning to full civilian rule. A final agreement, including details on the eventual ruling body, is actually expected inside the next day.

Following violent clashes on Monday, Sudan’s army rulers in addition to protest leaders have agreed to a three-year transition period to allow for transferring power to a full civilian administration.

“We agreed on a transitional period of three years,” said Lieutenant General Yasser al-Atta, a member of the military council of which took power after longtime leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April.

Al-Atta said a final agreement on the sharing of power, including the formation of the next ruling body – the sovereign council – will be signed with the protest movement, the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom in addition to Change, by the end of Wednesday.

“We vow to our people of which the agreement will be completed fully within 24 hours in a way of which the item meets the people’s aspirations,” he said.

“The viewpoints are close in addition to, God willing, we will reach an agreement soon,” said Satea al-Hajj, a member of the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom in addition to Change (FDFC), referring to the composition of the fresh council of which could lead the country until elections.

Rebel peace accords top priority

The Transitional Military Council had initially wanted the transition to last a maximum of two years, while the protesters wanted the item to last four years.

Al-Atta said of which during the transitional period the parliament will be composed of 300 members, of which 67% will be by the protest movement’s umbrella group, FDFC, in addition to the rest will be by various other political groups.

The first six months of the transitional period will be dedicated to signing peace accords with rebels inside the country’s war zones, he said.

Some ‘displeased’ with progress

Sudan’s opposition alliance had accused the Transitional Military Council of deliberately delaying the transition to civilian rule, in addition to more recently blamed the military rulers for renewed street violence, complicating efforts to negotiate a handover of power.

Madani Abbas Madani, another FDFC figure, said late Tuesday the item was “abundantly clear of which there are counterrevolutionary forces who are naturally displeased with any progress in negotiations.”

The United States has backed the opposition alliance in blaming Monday’s chaos on the military for trying to remove roadblocks set up by protesters.

“The decision by security forces to escalate the use of force, including the unnecessary use of tear gas, led directly to the unacceptable violence later inside the day of which the TMC was unable to control,” said the US Embassy in Khartoum.

One hospital in Khartoum said the item received more than 60 wounded on Monday, as well as three dead bodies.

(AFP, Reuters)

Sudan: Army Rulers, Protesters Agree On 3-Year Transition Period

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