The proposal by the Ethiopia government in a bid to end the crisis in Sudan has been rejected by the country’s military leaders.
The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition have been on logger heads for weeks over what form Sudan’s transitional government should take after the military deposed long-time President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, 2019.
According to Reuters, the Ethiopian government proposed that a ruling sovereign council should be formed which would be made up of seven civilians and seven members of the military, with one additional seat reserved for an impartial individual.
The TMC spokesman, Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, instead said on Sunday that he agreed in principle to the African Union (AU) plan.
“The African Union’s initiative came first,” said Kabbashi, adding that the council had not studied the Ethiopian initiative, which he described as unilateral.
The details of the AU proposal were not immediately known.
Kabbashi said that Ethiopia and the AU needed to unify their efforts to mediate between the council and the opposition coalition spearheading months-long pro-democracy protests.
“We asked the mediators to unite their efforts and submit a joint paper as soon as possible to return the parties to negotiations,” Kabbashi said.
Source: Al Jazeera News