Sudan Military Council, Protesters Agree Accord on 3-Year Transitional Period

Sudan Transitional Military Council and protesters reached an agreement on a three-year transitional period
The Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) said that it had reached an agreement on a three-year transitional period in the country with the opposition. (Photo: Reuters)

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sudanese army rulers and protest leaders today agreed on a three-year transition period for transferring power to a full civilian administration even as negotiations over a new sovereign ruling body remain unfinished.

The protest movement is demanding a civilian-led transition following 30 years of iron-fisted rule by now-deposed president Omar al-Bashir, but the generals who toppled him have been holding onto a leadership role.



Talks between the two sides resumed earlier in the week but were marred by violence when an army major and five protesters were killed by unidentified gunmen at a long-running sit-in outside military headquarters in Khartoum.

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The two sides announced early today that they had reached an agreement on the transition period.

“We agreed on a transitional period of three years,” Lieutenant General Yasser al-Atta, a member of the military council told reporters.

Atta said a final agreement on the sharing of power, including the forming of the next ruling body — the sovereign council — will be signed with the protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, within a day.

“We vow to our people that the agreement will be completed fully within 24 hours in a way that it meets the people’s aspirations,” Atta said.

He said of the three-year transition period, the first six months will be allocated to signing peace accords with rebels in the country’s war zones like Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan.