September 18, 2019
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Sudan’s military council, opposition seal power-sharing political deal

 Sudanese people celebrate after signing the constitutional declaration between the ruling military council and protest movement, in Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 4, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/MARWAN ALI

Sudanese people celebrate after signing the constitutional declaration between the ruling military council and protest movement, in Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 4, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/MARWAN ALI

Cairo, Aug 17 (efe-epa).- Sudan's opposition and the ruling military council that took power after the ousting of long-serving president Omar al-Bashir signed a power-sharing deal for a three-year transitional period on Saturday.

Representatives from Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) and deputy head of the military council Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti, sealed the deal in a ceremony held in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

“Sudanese people have been seeking peace for 60 years and by signing this deal war will actually stop and reconstruction of the homeland starts through balanced development and genuine sustainability of peace,” FFC leader Satie al-Haj told the Sudan news agency SUNA.

The sovereign council, with six seats for civilians and five for the military, is to hold power until elections are held.

The main opposition, led by the FFC and the military, is set to take turns at the helm of the joint council for a period of three years and three months, with the military leading for the first 21 months and the opposition taking over for the remaining 18.

Regional leaders and representatives from various international organizations were among those who attended the signing ceremony.

Establishing a sovereign council had been one of the main issues that left both parties stuck in a negotiation stalemate in the past weeks.

Talks between both parties collapsed after the violent dispersal of the weeks-long sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3.

According to the opposition, more than 100 people were killed, while government officials put the death toll at 61 nationwide.

The FFC had been since December last year leading the protests that left al-Bashir toppled down after holding power for some 30 years.

Al-Bashir, who took power after he led a coup in the oil-rich country in 1989, was deposed and arrested in a military coup in April that came after months of anti-government demonstrations.

A hike in the price of basic commodities sparked rallies in December 2018, which gathered momentum and spread across the country as thousands took to the streets in a rare display of defiance, calling for the resignation of al-Bashir. EFE-EPA

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