Sudanese Uprising Ends after Signing Power Sharing Document

  • Sudan is starting a new transition, after months of protests and bloody clashes between demonstrators and security forces.
  • Crowds gathered in the Sudanese capital to celebrate the signing of the agreement, under which the sovereign council will appoint a prime minister and form a new government.
  • The main opposition forces announced the nomination of personalities for membership of the Sovereignty Council, which is expected to include the chairman of the junta, Abdel Fattah Burhan and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo.

Sudan’s transitional military council and opposition representatives have signed a power-sharing agreement, which provides for a civilian and military transitional governing council, and paves the way for the election of a civilian government.

Sudan is starting a new transition, after months of protests and bloody clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo has served as Deputy Head of the Transitional Military Council since June. He has also commanded the Rapid Support Forces, accused of massacring civilians on June 3, since 2013.

The deputy chairman of the Sudanese military council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo “Hemedti,” had already signed the pledge to abide by “every letter agreed upon” in the two constitutional documents.

“Even in the absence of an agreement, we must implement it because it is in the country’s interest. Any letter that we have agreed upon will be carried out with full force,” he told journalists.

Asked about abuses attributed to the RSF (led by him) during the disengagement of the GHQ on June 3, he said there was a “systematic conspiracy” to discredit the RSF as a “protection” rather than a killer. “Actually they were able to create panic towards the troops, a big blueprint behind a coup,” he said.

Hemedti is known as the most powerful man in Sudan today, and his comments came hours before the signing of the agreement between the Transitional Military Council and the political parties in the country.

Crowds gathered in the Sudanese capital to celebrate the signing of the agreement, under which the sovereign council will appoint a prime minister and form a new government. The formation of the Sovereignty Council, which will manage a three-year transition, is expected to be announced.

The main opposition forces announced the nomination of personalities for membership of the Sovereignty Council, which is expected to include the chairman of the junta, Abdel Fattah Burhan, and his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo.

The forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change agreed to nominate Abdullah Hamdouk as prime minister.

Dagalo and opposition demonstrator, Ahmed Al-Rabee, celebrate the signing of the agreement.

What do we know about the transition?

The junta and representatives of the opposition reached several understandings and agreed on the following points:

Power-sharing lasts for 39 months. A military figure holds the presidency of the Sovereignty Council for 21 months, and a civilian figure for the remaining 18 months. The army chooses the ministers of defense and interior.

The agreement on the constitutional declaration in August came after strenuous negotiations, sponsored by the African Union, between representatives of the opposition forces, which led mass protests against the regime of Omar al-Bashir, and the military council that ousted him in April this year.

Violence against protesters has led to the suspension of many rounds of talks between the two sides. Sudan’s new government is expected to focus on stabilizing economic conditions, which have been the main reason behind protests against Bashir.

The talks were frozen for weeks after men in uniform attacked the protesters in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3, killing 127 people, according to doctors close to the protest movement.

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