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Sudan army to cede power ‘after civilian consensus’

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Sudanese military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said that the army will relinquish power as soon as civilian political groups in the country reach an agreement on the formation of a new transitional government.

Parties that signed the December 5 framework agreement, which paves the way for the formation of a new civilian-led transitional government, are expected to set up committees to work on a new constitution for the country, Gen Burhan said.

He said the timeline for the formation of a new government would depend on how fast civilian groups can reach an agreement on outstanding issues.

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He insisted that the military “saved the country” on October 25 last year when it toppled a civilian-led coalition government in a coup.

The latest Sudanese political agreement was signed by the military junta and a faction of the former ruling civilian bloc Forces for Freedom and Change-Central Council and allied political groups.

While widely welcomed by the country’s international partners, the deal has been rejected by powerful pro-democracy protest organisers known as Resistance Committees and key pro-military and Islamist groups.— BBC

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