Sudan junta and civilians sign power-sharing deal

Sudan’s ruling military council and opposition leaders have signed a power sharing accord after all-night talks. This is a monumental step for the country. Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, the deputy head of Sudan’s military council described the agreement as a “historic moment” for Sudan.

The military seized power in April after deposing Omar al-Bashir. In clashes with the military which have turned deadly, protesters demanded the military hand power to civilians.

The signing of this document, confirms an agreement made in principle earlier this month. That agreement laid out a plan to rotate control of the sovereign council - the top tier of power - for just over three years. The military would be in charge for the first 21 months, then a civilian-run administration would take over following 18 months, followed by elections. A second agreement on constitutional issues is expected to be finalised on Friday. 

After months of on-and-off talks, the two sides have finally signed a deal. This step is notable in itself. The agreement means that after 30 years of military rule, Sudan is now three years away from a fully civilian administration - in theory. The finer details of the deal and its constitutional elements have not been agreed upon. There is still a "sovereign council" to be appointed to lead the country through its transition. However some among the protesting masses might feel that they've got the short end of the stick. 

The very military they challenged - and under whom they suffered pain and death on the streets - remains in power for now and will lead the interim government initially. The generals could possibly secure immunity from prosecution. Justice in the eyes of the protesters will not have been served yet, but their chants for the fall of the regime have ushered in this new phase.

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