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Sudan: Power Sharing Agreement Reached

Monday, July 8, 2019

The military council and a coalition of opposition and protests groups in Sudan have come to an agreement on power sharing. The groups have agreed provisionally to share power for three years.

The agreement is seen as the first step towards moving Sudan beyond its history of dictatorship. It also gives rise to hopes of a peaceful transfer of power.

For decades Sudan was ruled by Omar al Bashir, whose regime was plagued by internal conflicts and years of economic crisis for the country which eventually triggered Sudan’s own version of the Arab Spring of late-2010/2011 with disgruntled Sudanese taking to the streets in protest. These protests led to the removal of Bashir.

The country saw relations between the military council and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) alliance break down when security forces killed dozens as they cleared a sit-in on June 3. But protesters were not deterred and huge protests against the military on June 30 led to African mediators brokering a return to direct talks.

The two sides 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 told a news conference.

The council will be led for the first 21 months by the military, and for the final 18 months by civilians, a statement from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) said. The council will be Sudan’s highest authority. It will comprise five military members and five civilian appointees, with an additional civilian member agreed by the two sides. The deal will be finalized by July 8, the SPA said.