The deal puts back the derailed transition to democratic rule into orbit.
Sudan’s military and a coalition of civilian pro-democracy parties signed a preliminary agreement on Monday, December 6, 2022 to end the political deadlock that has paralyzed the nation since a military coup last year. The deal signed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, after months of intense negotiations, would put in place a transitional civilian government and lead to the creation of a new Constitution. The two-part agreement brokered by members of the international community including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations and the United States, is unlikely to satisfy protesters and some major political forces, who have rejected efforts to negotiate or share power with the military, New York Times reported.
The deal aims to establish a new, two-year transitional civilian authority that will be led by a Prime Minister who will be selected by the “forces of the revolution” that endorsed the deal. It also limits the military’s role in politics and investment, promises to create “one national professional army” and notes that the military will be part of a security and defense council led by the Prime Minister. The second part of the agreement, without providing a timeline, attempts to engage the wider public in addressing issues related to transitional justice, reforming the security and military organs, along with reviewing the components of a major peace agreement signed in 2020 that called for an alliance of rebel factions in the restive western region of Darfur to lay down their weapons.
In a statement, the coalition ...