May 15, 2019 12:50 UTC
  • Sudan’s junta, protest reps agree on transition period

Military rulers and protest leaders in Sudan have reportedly reached an agreement on a three-year transition period for the transfer of power to an entirely civilian government, as talks continues on a new sovereign ruling body.

The agreement was announced early on Wednesday following nearly 12 hours of talks, when military council member Lieutenant General Yasser al-Atta addressed reporters, saying, “We agreed on a transitional period of three years.”

Protest leaders announced a broad deal with the ruling generals — over the new power structure — on Monday. But that deal had to be fleshed out. With the specific agreement on the transition period reached on Tuesday, the two sides now have to decide about the percentage of participation in the future ruling body by military and civilian rulers.

Atta explained that the first six months of the transition period would be allocated to signing peace deals with rebels in the war zones in the country, such as Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan.

The general pledged that a final agreement on the establishment of the next ruling body — the sovereign council — would be signed within a day with the representatives of the protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC).

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

The protest movement is demanding a civilian-led transition after the 30-year rule by president Omar al-Bashir, who was recently ousted, though the generals that deposed him have assumed a leadership role in the form of the so-called Transitional Military Council.