Sudan’s parties agree on constitutional declaration

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) have agreed on a constitutional declaration, agencies reported on Saturday citing African Union envoy for Sudan, Mohamed El-Hacen Lebatt.  

The breakthrough comes after months of talks between the two sides amid violent protests.

The constitutional declaration will pave way for the formation of the first government after the ouster of long-time president, Omar al-Bashir, in a military coup in April this year.

The declaration, a transitional fundamental law to serve for three years, will be initialled on Sunday ahead of its formal signing ceremony on August 16 before the Sudanese people and dignitaries from Africa and the rest of the world.

Sudan’s official news agency SUNA confirmed this citing two FFC members who were involved in months-long talks.

According to the deal, a joint military-civilian body will be set up to rule the country for three years.

People of Sudan celebrated the deal by dancing, waving the national flag, chanting, honking car horns and partying late into the night.

The agreement empowers the FFC to name the prime minister, giving the coalition two-thirds of the seats in the Legislative Council.

The remaining third will be taken up by lawmakers nominated by the sovereign council and other political stakeholders.

As agreed earlier, the sovereign council will have five members each from the military and opposition, plus a civilian agreeable to both sides.

The military will pick the interior and defence ministers while the head of the judiciary will be selected by the prime minister and the sovereign council.

The two sides are yet to agree on control over the General Intelligence Service and Rapid Support Forces.

However, they agreed to punish those responsible for the killing of protestors during the political crisis.