It is a new dawn for Sudan after months of protest by her citizens, and ousting of Omar al-Bashir. The opposition leaders and military finally agreed to sign a power sharing agreement on Wednesday in Khartoum. After a long time of discussion both sides agreed on rotating control of the sovereign council for three years.The council will be made of five civilians, five military figures, and an 11th civilian, that will be appointed by the 10 members.
Sudan is now three years away from a fully civilian administration – in theory. It is a “historic moment” for the country,said the deputy head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo.
The constitutional elements have not been agreed upon. There is still a “sovereign council” to be appointed to lead the country through its transition. Military general will be in charge of that council for the first 21 months, then a civilian will lead for the following 18 months, later followed by elections.
A protesters and two key posts – defence and interior minister – will be elected by the military, there will be a cabinet in which the prime minister will be chosen.
The terms of the transitional period, which will be named out in a constitutional declaration, are yet to be agreed.The military has been asking for immunity from prosecution after protesters’ deaths, but it was not part of the agreement signed, however, it does promise a proper investigation into the crisis .
Meanwhile both sides are still working on a constitutional declaration, which awaits to be discussed and signed on Friday.
By Eunice Mjoro.