SUDAN/Khartoum – Sudan’s ruling military council and main opposition coalition have signed a constitutional declaration which will pave the way for the formation of a transitional government.
Opposition leader Ahmed Rabie and Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo signed the deal. A governing body of six civilians and five generals will oversee a three-year transition period.
Sudan has been in turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April. A formal signing ceremony of the document will be held on 17 August with the prime minister and other key officials announced soon after.
Mediators from the African Union and Ethiopia witnessed Sunday’s signing of the constitutional declaration.
“We turned a tough page of Sudan’s history by signing this agreement,” Gen Dagolo popularly known as Hemeti told reporters. Both sides signed a power-sharing accord in July, but demonstrators have been waiting since then for more details.
Protests first broke out in December after Bashir’s government imposed emergency austerity measures. He was then overthrown by the military in April after prolonged protests outside the defense ministry in Khartoum.
Caption: Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (R), Sudan’s deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, and protest leader Ahmed Rabie shake hands after signing the constitutional declaration (Photo AFP)