Tue, 17 Sep 2019

Sudanese Military, Protest Leader Sign Transition Deal

Voice of America
17 Aug 2019, 22:05 GMT+10

Sudan's Transitional Military Council and protest leaders are set to sign a historic power-sharing agreement Saturday in Khartoum, the capital.

The pact opens the way for the two factions to form a joint military and civilian council that will lead Sudan during the three-year run up to elections for a civilian-led government.

The transition deal follows months of massive demonstrations that first erupted in December over the high price of fuel, and eventually evolved into demands for authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir to step down.

The military forcibly removed al-Bashir from power in April, but the demonstrators continued with protests calling for democracy after 30 years of al-Bashir's tightfisted rule.

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The transitional council and the opposition leaders agreed to form the transitional government in July after three months of violent protests that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators.

On August 20, the prime minister will be named and eight days later the cabinet ministers will be revealed.

"I am 72 and for 30 years under Bashir, I had nothing to feel good about," Ali Issa Abdel Momen told the French news agency AFP. "Now, thanks to God, I am starting to breathe."

Since 2009, Bashir has been on the wanted list of the International Criminal Court, on charges of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

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