Sudan Military Council, Opposition Reach Power-Sharing Agreement for Transition Period

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the country’s largest opposition alliance, the Forces of Freedom and Change, have reached an understanding on a number of matters, local media have reported, citing a representative of the African Union engaged in mediation efforts in the nation.

The two sides, which have held talks in Khartoum over the past two days, have reached an agreement to share power during the transition period leading to elections, Reuters reported Friday, citing sources. According to Reuters, the TMC and opposition are expected to hold a news conference.

Media reported on Wednesday that the Forces of Freedom and Change resumed direct talks with the TMC earlier suspended in June, after the military violently dispersed a sit-in protest in the Sudanese capital, killing dozens of protesters.

Following the protest crackdown, TMC head Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan, in a televised address to the nation, called for general elections in the country within nine months and announced the termination of talks with the opposition. He also said that an interim government would be created to rule the country until the election.

Long-standing popular protests in Sudan culminated in a military coup on 11 April, in which then-President Omar Bashir was overthrown and detained after almost 30 years in power. The TMC took over and pledged to organize a new presidential election within two years.

Protesters have reportedly remained in the streets demanding that the military immediately yield power to a civilian authority.

Source: News Agencies