Sudan Military, Protest Leaders To Resume Talks Over Remaining Issues On Tuesday

The negotiation talks between Sudan’s ruling military council and protest leaders to resolve the remaining issues concerning the power-sharing deal are set to resume on Tuesday, a mediator and protest leader said, reported Gulf News.

The two sides have already inked a power-sharing deal that calls for the formation of a joint civilian-military ruling body that would install civilian rule in the country following the ouster of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir.

However, the military and the protest leaders are still to sign a “Constitutional Declaration” dealing with outstanding issues including the powers of the joint civilian-military ruling body and justice for those killed during months of protests.

On Sunday, African Union mediator Mohamed El Hacen Lebatt said that both the sides have been invited for final talks on the Constitutional Declaration.

Lebatt said a technical committee representing the two sides would meet first on Monday for preliminary talks.

Protest leader Babiker Faisal said he expects the two sides would finally agree on the Constitutional Declaration during Tuesday’s talks.

“I expect that we will reach an agreement on the Constitutional Declaration on Tuesday because the pending differences are not big,” Faisal told AFP.

The power-sharing deal signed earlier this month provides for the establishment of the joint civilian-military transitional ruling body that would install an overall civilian administration. The governing body will consist of six civilians and five generals. The 11-member governing body will rule the country for just over three years, after which elections will be held.

Last week, the military generals and protest leaders met with three rebel groups who are part of the protest movement but had objected to the agreement signed. They argued that the power-sharing deal did not address issues related to bringing peace to Sudan’s war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan.

After talks, the rebel groups agreed to end the differences over the deal vowing to work jointly for peace.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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