Sudan celebrates as opposition and military agree to power-sharing deal

Sudan's military leader welcomes power-sharing deal

Sudan's military leader welcomes power-sharing deal

Sudan's Vice-President of the Transitional Military Council and senior military leader, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, welcomed a power-sharing agreement on Saturday.

The agreement with a pro-democracy coalition was reached last week.

Sudan has been plagued by nationwide unrest since former President Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the military in April.

The joint sovereign council will consist of five members of the military and five civilians, in addition to one civilian chosen by consensus from both sides. Protesters have been demanding the military council to transfer power to a civilian-led government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar commends these constructive efforts and expresses its deep gratitude and appreciation to the African Union, the statement added.

Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan made his remarks in a meeting with Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in the Mbale district, east of Kampala, Uganda's capital, on Friday.

Mass protests, first against the al-Bashir regime, and now the TMC have been ongoing in Sudan. But after huge protests against the military on Sunday, African mediators brokered a return to direct talks. The council has been under worldwide pressure for months to transfer power.

The Arab League Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed in a statement appreciation for the positive and constructive spirit, demonstrated by the council, leaders of the forces of change, the other political and civil movements. Protesters say security forces killed at least 128 people, while authorities put the death toll at 61, including some security personnel.

As part of the power-sharing agreement, the two sides agreed on an independent Sudanese investigation into the deadly crackdown, but the details have yet to be worked out.

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