Sudan protest leaders announce accord with army on transitional authority

Cheryl Sanders
May 14, 2019

The military council said in a late night press conference that it had "noticed some armed infiltrators among the protesters".

The crucial talks between Sudan's army rulers and protest leaders over handing power to a civilian administration follow a deadlock in negotiations.

Al-Kabashi said they agreed on the creation of a sovereign council, a cabinet and a legislative body that would govern the country during the transition.

He said another meeting would be held on Tuesday "to discuss the period of transition and composition of the authorities". As the uprising against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gained strength, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia began reaching out to the military through secret channels to encourage his removal from power.

Those points will be addressed on Tuesday, according to Transitional Military Council (TMC) spokesman Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi and Taha Osman Ishaq, a spokesman for the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces opposition alliance.

The military seeks a two-year transitional period during which army generals would retain most of the power.

The office of the prosecutor general said that the former president and others had been charged with incitement and participating in the killing of the protesters.

Protesters said counter-revolutionaries were inciting violence in an attempt to sabotage a political deal. The official death toll is 65.

The military ousted al-Bashir on April 11, but the demonstrators have remained in the streets, demanding the dismantling of his regime and a swift transition to civilian rule.

For a second day on Monday demonstrators blocked Nile Street, a major avenue running south of the Blue Nile, placing burning branches and stones across the road, as well as several other streets north and south of the river.

A doctor's committee aligned with the protest movement said three protesters died from wounds sustained by live fire, AFP reported, without providing additional details.

The generals have proposed that the new council be military led, while the protest leaders want a majority civilian body.

Earlier this month, the transitional military council and opposition groups had been unable to come to an agreement, causing much discontent among protesters.

But the generals said they had "many reservations" over the alliance's roadmap.

They have singled out its silence on the constitutional position of Islamic sharia law, which was the guiding principle of all legislation under Bashir's rule.

Al-Bashir, whose 30-year rule came to an abrupt end last week, has been under the custody of the army. Days later, the army ousted the veteran leader, but a 10-member military council took power.

Although crowds have dwindled during the day due to the scorching heat, protesters gather in their thousands after breaking the daytime fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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