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Sudan council finally breaks deadlock; announces coalition

Sudan’s generals and a coalition of protest and opposition groups have reached a settlement to share power throughout a transition interval till elections, in a deal that would break weeks of political deadlock since the overthrowing of President Omar al-Bashir in April.

Both sides agreed to establish a joint civilian-military sovereign council that may rule the country by rotation “for an interval of three years or slightly more,” Mohamed Hassan Lebatt, African Union (AU) mediator, mentioned at a news conference on Friday.

Under the agreement, five seats would go to the military and five to civilians, with an extra seat given to a civilian agreed upon by both sides.

The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the civilian leaders also agreed to launch a “transparent and independent investigation” into the violence that began on June 3 when scores of pro-democracy demonstrators were killed in a brutal military crackdown on a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum.

TMC deputy head General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who’s widely known as Hemeti, welcomed Friday’s deal, which, he stated, could be inclusive.

“We would like to reassure all political forces, armed movements and all those that participated within the change from young men and women,that this agreement will likely be complete and won’t exclude anyone,” added Dagalo, who also heads the feared paramilitary unit Rapid Support Forces (RSF) accused by the demonstrators of crushing the sit-in outside the army headquarters.

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