WATCH: Sudan military council, opposition reach power-sharing agreement

2019-07-05 11:07
A Sudanese protester covering his face with a jersey flashes the victory gesture while marching with others in a mass demonstration. (Ahmed Mustafa/AFP)

A Sudanese protester covering his face with a jersey flashes the victory gesture while marching with others in a mass demonstration. (Ahmed Mustafa/AFP)

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Sudan's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, African Union (AU) announced on Friday.

The two sides, which have held talks in Khartoum for the past two days, agreed to "establish a sovereign council by rotation between the military and civilians for a period of three years or slightly more", African Union mediator Mohamed Hassan Lebatt said at a news conference.

"This agreement opens the way for the formation of the institutions of the transitional authority, and we hope that this is the beginning of a new era," said Omar al-Degair, a leader of the the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) - an umbrella organisation of opposition groups.

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General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) said that the agreement will be "comprehensive and will not exclude anyone".

"We would like to reassure all political forces, armed movements and all those who participated in the change from young men and women… that this agreement will be comprehensive and will not exclude anyone," Dagalo said.

"We thank the African and Ethiopian mediators for their efforts and patience. We also thank our brothers in the Forces for Freedom and Change for the good spirit," said Dagalo, who heads the Rapid Support Forces accused by the FFC of crushing a July 3 sit-in that left dozens dead.

Investigation

The two sides also agreed to form an independent technocratic government and to launch a transparent, independent investigation into violent events in recent weeks.

The establishment of a legislative council, which was previously agreed, will be postponed, they said. The ruling military council had agreed to allow the FFC coalition to take two-thirds of the legislative council's seats before security forces violently dispersed the sit-in on June 3.

Opposition medics say more than 100 people were killed in the dispersal and subsequent violence. The government put the death toll at 62.

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