Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

United States welcomes Sudan's power-sharing deal

United States welcomes Sudan's power-sharing deal

Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu on Saturday urged the Sudanese political forces and people to unite to achieve the country's stability and renaissance.

Ethiopia's government and the African Union mediated talks that led to Thursday's agreement, Labat said.

The military had overthrown the longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April, amid an uprising against his rule. The sovereign council would include five military figures and five civilians, with an additional civilian member agreed by the two sides, and that the deal would be finalised by Monday.

A civilian administration will rule the council during the following 18 months.

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The CMT and the FLC plan to resolve the political situation with the definition of the members of the Sovereign Council, which will lead the transition on a rotating basis and will be composed of five military officers, five civilians and an independent member chosen by both parties.

The Arab officials said the USA not only ramped up pressure on the military, but also on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which supported the military's overthrow of al-Bashir and sided with the generals when the protesters remained in the streets. The council has been under global pressure for months to transfer power. Dagalo, known by the nickname "Hemedti", is seen by many as the most powerful figure on the military council, and his paramilitary Rapid Support Forces led last month's violent dispersal of the protesters' main sit-in.

Earlier, the talks on a power-sharing deal had collapsed due to a deadly crackdown against a protest camp outside the military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3, 2019. Protesters say security forces killed at least 128 people, while authorities put the death toll at 61, including some security personnel. Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Sudan's cities in the run-up to the deal.

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