The Sudan’s protest leaders and the military came to agreement on Saturday to establish a joint civilian-military ruling council, this was a major breakthrough in talks between the two sides over demonstrators’ demands for a handover to civilian rule.
The agreement on the highly disputed issue came as thousands of protesters remain encamped outside the military headquarters since the army ousted longtime leader Omar al-Bashir on April 11, demanding that the army rulers step down.
“We agreed on a joint council between the civilian and the military,” one of the leaders of the protest campaign, Ahmed al-Rabia, who was involved in the talks, told AFP.
“We are now in consultation about what percentage of the council should be represented by civilians and how much by the military.”
The agreement between the two sides is a major breakthrough as the current army leaders had refused to hand over power to a civilian administration despite pressure from the street and the international community.
“I’m happy with the outcome of the talks. Other protesters too will be happy,” said protester Ahmed Najdi, who has regularly camped outside the army complex over the past weeks.
“We are still waiting for the final composition of the joint council.”
The new council will be the sovereign ruling body that will then form a transitional civilian administration.
The decision to have a joint council came during talks held since Saturday morning by a joint committee representing the current ruling military leadership and protesters.
The talks were the first such by the joint committee.