Sudan army, protesters reach ‘full agreement’ on constitutional declaration

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Sudan’s ruling military council and the country’s main opposition coalition have reached an agreement to form a transitional government after months of protests.

The African Union (AU) announced the deal on Saturday, telling reporters that the two sides “fully agreed on a constitutional declaration” settling the division of power over a three-year transitional period before elections will be held.

Army, protesters agree constitutional declaration

The agreement comes after weeks of protracted negotiations and ongoing protests in Sudan. Negotiations had broken down at multiple stages and sporadic protest violence in parts of the country raised doubts over whether any kind of agreement could be reached.

On Thursday, four schoolchildren were among six people killed by security forces during a peaceful protest over bread and oil shortages.

However, AU mediator for Sudan, Mohamed Hassan Lebatt, announced to reporters on Saturday that such an agreement has been reached. Sudan’s main opposition coalition, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), welcomed the agreement as an important “first step” and pledged to continue working for “freedom, peace and justice” in Sudan.

Following news of the agreement, celebrations broke out in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

The declaration in question states that the FFC will appoint a prime minister once the document is signed. The PM will be responsible for forming a transitional government in consultation with the FFC while the interior ministers will be appointed by the military council.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.