Peace deal: Sudan rivals sign accord on road to civilian rule

Monday, August 5th, 2019 00:00 |
General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo (right), Sudan’s deputy head of the Transitional Military Council and protest leader Ahmed Rabie after signing the declaration in Khartoum on Sunday. Photo/AFP

Khartoum, Sunday

Sudan’s army rulers and protest leaders Sunday signed a hard-won constitutional declaration that paves the way for a promised transition to civilian rule following more than seven months of often deadly street rallies.

The agreement, signed at a ceremony in Khartoum, builds on a landmark July 17 power-sharing deal and provides for a joint civilian-military ruling body to oversee the formation of a transitional civilian government and parliament to govern for a three-year transition period.

Protest movement leader Ahmed Rabie and the deputy head of the ruling military council, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, signed the declaration at the ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators.

“We turned a tough page of Sudan’s history by signing this agreement,” Daglo, who flashed a victory sign after making a short speech, told reporters.  The signing was met by a wave of applause in the hall as representatives from both sides shook hands.

Overnight, thousands of jubilant Sudanese already took to the streets of the capital to celebrate when the deal was announced before dawn.

A formal signing in front of foreign dignitaries is due to take place on August 17— the date on which ousted president Omar al-Bashir is due to go on trial for claimsof  corruption—another protest leader, Monzer Abu al-Maali said.         - AFP

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