Abiy Praises Latest Power-Sharing Deal in Sudan

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime minister Abiy Ahmed commended Friday’s transition deal between leaders of Sudanese military and opposition alliance.

The two sides agreed to rotate control of the sovereign council – the top tier of power – for at least three years.

They have also pledged to form an independent technocratic government and to investigate the violence of recent weeks, the African Union (AU) said. News of the agreement reportedly sparked frenzied street celebrations.

Hours the two sides announce their agreement, Prime Minister Abiy sent his congratulations to the people of Sudan.

He also commended the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change for the deal “that will forge peace and stability in the Sudan”, said his office in a statement.

Abiy also applauded the “diligence and diplomatic skills of the two special envoys, Ambassador Mohamoud Dirir and Prof. Mohamed Hacen Al-Labatt, in facilitating this breakthrough deal”.

“The Government of Ethiopia wishes a prosperous and peaceful new chapter for Sudan,” said the PM Office.

Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April. That followed a popular uprising against Bashir, who seized power in a coup in June 1989.

Just days before the three-year transitional deal was announced, vast crowds took to the streets to demand that the ruling military council hand power to a civilian-led administration.

Seven people were killed and 181 were hurt in clashes that followed, state media reported. The latest round of talks took place in the capital, Khartoum, earlier this week and were heavily mediated by the Ethiopian prime minister and members of the pan-African AU.