Militaries and opposition sign transition agreement in Sudan

Cheryl Sanders
August 19, 2019

Sudan's military council and protest leaders on Saturday signed a hard-won "constitutional declaration" that paves the way for a transition to the civilian rule.

Sudanese protesters and leaders have signed a historic deal.

The agreement was signed at a colorful ceremony in the country's capital city, Khartoum, and was graced by heads of state, prime ministers, and other dignitaries from several countries.

In the town of Atbara - the birthplace of the protests back in December - people on Friday night danced and sang at the train station as they prepared to travel to Khartoum, videos shared on social media showed. The deal has faced criticism from protesters who feel the army may renege on their promises.

On Thursday, protest leaders agreed to nominate former senior United Nations official Abdalla Hamdok, a veteran economist, as prime minister.

"We wish Dr Abdullah Hamdok success in one of the hardest periods in the history of our country and people, a period that the revolutionary Sudanese people are looking forward to and observing with hopefulness", the Sudanese Professionals Association, the group that spearheaded the protest movement and is part of the FFC, said in a statement on Thursday.

A cabinet is then to be formed before Sudan's new institutions can tackle the main challenges that lie ahead, first among them measures to rescue a moribund economy. Attendees in the Friendship Hall received Ahmed with cheering and chanting.

"A spirit of revenge against the former regime is unsafe", he said.

The composition of the transitional government is expected to be unveiled on August 28, when 18 ministers will be appointed by civilians while the Transitional Military Council will appoint the ministers of defense and interior.

Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in the Darfur region, had been slated to appear in court Saturday on corruption charges.

Members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces he commands shielded him back to his auto as the crowd saw him off, chanting "blood for blood".

The military overthrew al-Bashir in April following months of protests against his three-decade-long authoritarian rule. We are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government. Protests have been ongoing in Sudan as the Sudanese people refused to give up their quest for a free and fair Sudan.

"Today is the day of transition to civilian rule". The Sovereign Council is due to announce on Tuesday if it confirms this in this position. The deal calls for the government to reach a peace agreement with the rebels within six months.

The constitutional declaration builds on a political declaration that was agreed by the military and protesters on July 17.

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