Sudan Junta & Civilians Sign Power-Sharing Deal

Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders have signed a power-sharing accord after all-night talks on Wednesday.

It is a “historic moment” for the country, the deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Mohamed Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, is quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

In clashes with the military which have turned deadly, protesters demanded the military hand power, which it seized in April after deposing Omar al-Bashir, to civilians.

The deal was announced by Mahmoud Dirir, an envoy for the Ethiopian government, saying “It is a great moment that the people of Sudan have reached this historic moment”.

“A united front that represents the gallant army of Sudan, the Transitional Military Council, and of course the revolutionary youth, intellectuals, pioneers who have taken to the streets to stand for democracy, for change in this country,” Dirir said, adding the people “deserves this moment.”‘

‘Nothing to celebrate yet’ 

Soon after the signing, the report says one of the main civilian groups has given a lukewarm reception to the deal that aimed at forming a power-sharing government.

“It’s very sort of basic and generic,” Dr. Sara Abdelgalil, a spokesperson for the opposition Sudan Professionals Association, told the BBC.

“It’s the first step about the power-sharing, but it’s not very detailed. The second round of discussions or negotiations is the constitutional declaration. It’s fear and hope. There’s nothing to celebrate.”