Sudanese army, civilians seal power-sharing deal

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By Brendan Umoren

Sudan’s ruling military council and civilian opposition alliance have signed a landmark power-sharing deal.

The agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule.

Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo – widely regarded as Sudan’s most powerful man – has pledged to abide by its terms.

Pro-democracy protests and repression gripped Sudan after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April.

The prime ministers of Ethiopia and Egypt and the South Sudanese president are among regional leaders attending Saturday’s signing ceremony in Khartoum.

Under the deal, a sovereign council, consisting of six civilians and five generals, will run the country until elections.

The two sides have agreed to rotate control of the council for just over three years. A prime minister nominated by civilians is due to be appointed next week.