Sudan: agreement on a three-year transition period

Sudan: agreement on a three-year transition period

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The military and civilians agreed on a transitional period during which the army will remain in power.
The Sudanese Military Council and representatives of the protesters announced early Wednesday that they had reached an agreement on a period of political transition. Until then, the protesters wanted a four-year transition period, while the military wanted to shorten it to two years.

“We agreed on a three-year transitional period,” said General Yasser Atta, a member of the military council who took power after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted on 11 April. The latter had been swept away by a wave of protests that began in December after the tripling of the price of bread.

Madani Abbas Madani, a representative of the Alliance for Freedom and Change (ALC), the spearhead of the protest movement, confirmed the agreement.

A beginning of transition devoted to peace agreements
According to General Atta, the first six months of the three-year transition period would be spent on peace agreements with rebel movements in western and southern Sudan.

The senior officer also reported agreement on the prerogatives and composition of the future legislature. It will consist of 300 appointed members and 67% will be constituted by representatives of the demonstrators, meeting within the ALC. The rest of the assembly will be occupied by political forces not affiliated with the LAC.

The coalition is demanding a transfer of power to a civilian authority and relies on the support of protesters who have been standing in front of army headquarters in Khartoum since 6 April.

On the other hand, nothing specifies the composition of the Sovereign Council, this entity which should be the high authority of the transition period. The military would like this council to be mostly military, while the ALC would like it to be dominated by civilians.

At the end of this transition period, power should be transferred to civilians.

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