pcloudy.png
Sunday December 15th, 2019 4:43PM

Sudan's protesters welcome power-sharing deal with military

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Leaders of Sudan's pro-democracy movement on Friday welcomed a new power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council as a victory for their "revolution," raising hopes for an end to the three-month standoff with the generals and deadly violence.

The emerging deal could break the political impasse that has gripped the country since the military ousted the longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April, amid an uprising against his rule.

"Today, our revolution has won and our victory shines," said a statement posted early Friday on the Facebook page of the Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded the protests.

Talks on a power-sharing agreement had collapsed when security forces razed a protest camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3. More than a hundred people were killed since then, according to the protesters.

In the ensuing weeks, protesters stayed in the streets demanding that the generals hand power to civilian leadership, to no avail.

But early on Friday, the two parties agreed to form a joint sovereign council — previously a sticking point in the talks — to lead the country during a transition period of three years and three months, said the SPA statement.

The council will include five civilians representing the protest movement and five military members. An eleventh seat will go to a civilian chosen by both parties.

A military member will preside over the council during the first 21 months, followed by a civilian member after, according to the statement.

This suggests a significant concession on the part of pro-democracy forces, which had insisted that the sovereign council have only a civilian president. However, the deal did secure another key demand — that protest leaders select the members of a technocratic Cabinet to be formed independently from the generals.

The African Union and Ethiopia made intensive efforts to bring the generals and the protesters back to the negotiating table.

Negotiations resumed earlier this week after tens of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Sudan's main cities over the weekend in the biggest show of numbers since the razing of the protesters' sit-in camp. At least 11 people were killed in clashes with security forces, according to protest organizers.

When news of the deal broke around dawn on Friday, hundreds of protesters returned to the streets dancing, singing and waving Sudanese flags, while passing drivers honked.

The military-controlled Al-Sudan television channel played national songs. It also reran excerpts of the press conference announcing the agreement, held jointly by protest and military leaders, which it subtitled "Congratulations to the Sudanese people."

"We hope that the formation of transitional institutions marks the beginning of a new era," said Omer El-Digair, a leader of the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a political coalition representing the protesters. He spoke at a joint news conference with the military and African mediators following the conclusion of the deal. "We hope it is an era where we can shut off the sound of pistols and destroy for good prisons of arbitrary detention."

According to the SPA statement, the two parties also agreed to launch "a national independent investigation" into the killing of protesters since al-Bashir was ousted, according to the statement.

"I am not fully satisfied but it is a step forward to bring peace to our people," Tarek Abdel Meguid, an FDFC leader, told The Associated Press.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Sudan's protesters welcome power-sharing deal with military
Leaders of Sudan's pro-democracy movement are welcoming a new power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council as a victory for their "revolution"
9:01AM ( 14 minutes ago )
US added a robust 224,000 jobs in June after weak May gain
US employers added robust 224,000 jobs in June, with unemployment rate rising slightly to 3.7%
8:57AM ( 18 minutes ago )
UK investigates Amazon deal with food delivery firm
The U.K. competition watchdog is investigating Amazon's purchase of a significant stake in food delivery service Deliveroo
8:45AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump: America's story is 'the greatest political journey'
President Donald Trump celebrates the Fourth of July on the National Mall with a salute to the military and American heroes of all types
8:16AM ( 59 minutes ago )
Warren pitches executive orders on race, gender pay gap
Elizabeth Warren announces executive orders she would sign as president aimed at addressing the wage and employment leadership gap for women of color
8:10AM ( 1 hour ago )
Biden: It would be 'great' to have a female vice president
Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden says it would be 'great' to have a female vice president, but he won't say whether he'd pick Sen. Kamala Harris for the No. 2 spot if he receives his party's nomination
7:58AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Trump celebrates 'greatest political journey' in history
Trump celebrates military and eclectic heroes in Lincoln Memorial July 4 speech
12:07AM ( 9 hours ago )
Envoy says Sudan rivals reach power-sharing agreement
An African Union envoy says Sudan's ruling military council and the pro-democracy movement have reached a power-sharing deal
11:51PM ( 9 hours ago )
Concerts, fireworks and a military parade mark July Fourth
Revelers are flocking to New York's East River, the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington and Boston's Esplanade for fireworks shows and concerts to celebrate America's Independence Day
11:46PM ( 9 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
NATO sees no sign of Russian complying with missile pact
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia shows no sign of respecting a major Cold War-era missile treaty, following talks with the Moscow's envoy less than a month before the pact expires
8:27AM ( 48 minutes ago )
Western Balkans seeking accession reassurances from EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May have joined a high-level meeting in Poland that seeks to reassure Western Balkans nations aspiring to join the European Union
7:55AM ( 1 hour ago )
Putin awards seamen killed by fire on navy's submersible
Russian President Vladimir Putin has presented the nation's highest awards to 14 seamen who died in a fire on one of the navy's research submersibles
7:44AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
US added a robust 224,000 jobs in June after weak May gain
US employers added robust 224,000 jobs in June, with unemployment rate rising slightly to 3.7%
8:57AM ( 18 minutes ago )
UK investigates Amazon deal with food delivery firm
The U.K. competition watchdog is investigating Amazon's purchase of a significant stake in food delivery service Deliveroo
8:45AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Trump calls America's story 'the greatest political journey'
Trump supporters praise his Fourth of July tribute to the US military while his critics accuse him of putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity
8:42AM ( 34 minutes ago )
At Tehran symphony, music lovers seek escape from reality
An evening at Tehran's symphony orchestra offers brief respite from heightened tensions with the United States and punishing economic sanctions
8:35AM ( 41 minutes ago )
Ship with 54 migrants barred from docking in Italy
An Italian humanitarian group barred from docking in Lampedusa said Friday that the conditions of 54 migrants rescued at sea are rapidly deteriorating but there is no boat coming from Malta to allow the migrants' transfer.
8:34AM ( 41 minutes ago )