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Sudan’s military & opposition agree to form joint transitional government

Sudan’s army generals and opposition leaders have agreed in principle to form a joint transitional government although discussions over seat allocation and duration of the new government remain unresolved.

Anti-government protests that started on December 12 escalated on April 6 when protesters camped in front of the military headquarters in Khartoum calling for the army to force Omar al-Bashir to resign.

The military stepped in on April 11 arresting and forcing Bashir to resign resulting in the establishment of a 10-man transitional military council led by Lt Gen Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan.

Protesters remained camped in front of the army headquarters in the capital demanding a civilian-government, after a series of meetings between the army generals and opposition groups, they agreed to form a joint transitional agreement.

Although an agreement was reached in principle on the establishment of a joint transitional government, they are yet to agree on the division of seats and duration of the new government.

Opposition groups including protest organisers the Sudanese Professionals’ Association (SPA) rejected an African Union proposal to give the ruling military council a three-month deadline for handing power over to a civil administration.

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