Update: Sudan reach final power-sharing agreement

Sudanese people carry their national flag and chant slogans as they celebrate the signing of a constitutional declaration between Deputy Head of Sudanese Transitional Military Council, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Sudan's opposition alliance coalition's leader Ahmad al-Rabiah, outside the Friendship Hall, in Khartoum, Sudan August 4, 2019.

KHARTOUM, Aug 18 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The Sudanese political crisis might be reaching its final stages following an agreement between the main opposition coalition and the ruling military council on Saturday.

According to a statement from the Transitional Military Council (TMC), a final power-sharing agreement has been reached with the main opposition opposition alliance, Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), after strenuous negotiations that began shortly after former President Omar Al-Bashir was deposed in April.

One of Sudan’s top generals, Mohamed Hamdan ‘Hemeti’ Dagalo, who is deputy head of the military council, and FFC representative Ahmad al-Rabie had initialed the agreement on Aug 4 and were the main signatories on Saturday.

Stability in Sudan, which has been grappling with an economic crisis, is seen as crucial for a volatile region struggling with conflict and insurgencies from the Horn of Africa to Egypt and Libya.

Hemeti, who is  widely regarded as Sudan’s most powerful man, has pledged to abide by the terms of the new agreement. 

The prime ministers of Ethiopia and Egypt and the South Sudanese president were among regional leaders attending Saturday’s signing ceremony in Khartoum.

The deal was signed by Hemeti and Ahmed al-Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group of pro-democracy protesters.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) has ruled Sudan since April, when the military ousted Bashir following months of protests against his rule during which dozens of demonstrators were killed.

Bashir is wanted for war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region by the International Criminal Court and is awaiting trial on corruption charges.

Regional and international dignitaries including Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir were present. — NNN-AGENCIES