Sudan's top general says military council will be dissolved

Sunday July 7 2019

The deal revives hopes for a peaceful transition of power in a country plagued by internal conflicts and years of economic crisis that helped to trigger the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April.

A diplomatic push by the USA and its Arab allies was key to ending a weeks-long standoff that raised fears of all-out civil war, AP said, citing both sides.

"Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sends his congratulations to the people of Sudan and to the Transitional Military Council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change in arriving at an agreement that will forge peace and stability in the Sudan", a statement issued by the Ethiopian PM's Office read. An 11th seat will go to a civilian chosen by both parties. A civilian administration will rule the council during the following 18 months.

Burhan said the sovereign council would have a veto on Cabinet appointees and the body's decisions.

During his interview with Al Hadath, Hemedti confirmed that the Transitional Military Council has so far reduced the number of its members to five people.

Under the agreement, the military council will be in charge of the country's leadership for the first 21 months.

As part of the power-sharing agreement, the two sides agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation into the deadly crackdown, but the details have yet to be worked out.

Just last Sunday, there were nationwide demonstrations demanding the transfer of power to civilian hands, in which at least seven were reportedly killed, with more than 180 injured. Authorities put the death toll at 61, including three security forces. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Sudan's cities in the run-up to the deal. The rallies were the largest since the uprising began in December.



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