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"Joy of Sudan" .. The signing of the transition agreement today with a high international presence

2019-08-17T09:07:35.477Z



Sudan's ruling military junta and the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change will sign the Constitutional Document and the Political Declaration this afternoon.

Sudanese are awaiting the signing of the deal, which aims to move to civilian rule they hope will bring more freedom and economic prosperity to their country.

Security forces deployed heavily in the streets of Khartoum, blocking some roads, especially leading to the presidential palace and the headquarters of the Sudanese army.

The forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change announced the procession of the "Freedom and Civilization" procession from central Khartoum to Freedom Square (the largest square in the capital Khartoum).

She also pointed to the arrival of the train "Atbara" - the symbol of the revolution - is coming to an end, where they are receiving arrivals to participate in the signing ceremony of the city of Atbara in the north of the country.

Atbara is the city from which protests began on December 19, 2018 against the regime of Omar al-Bashir.

During a ceremony in a hall overlooking the Nile River, the leaders of the Transitional Military Council and the protest movement will sign the documents of the agreement, which sets a 39-month transition period that ends with elections.

With the formal signing of the agreement, Sudan will begin a process that includes important immediate first steps. It will announce on Sunday the composition of the new Governing Council, in which civilians will form a majority.

Leaders of the protest movement said on Thursday they had agreed to appoint former UN official Abdullah Hamdouk, an economist, as prime minister.

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Attend impressively
The signing ceremony, dubbed "Farah Sudan", is taking place in the presence of a regional and international presence. The head of Al-Jazeera's office in Khartoum, Muslim Kabbashi, said senior leaders and officials will arrive today.

Al-Kabbashi explained that the officials participating in the celebration of the heads of state of South Sudan Silvakir, Chad Idriss Deby, and Central African Faustin Archang Touadera, as well as Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli and his Ethiopian counterpart Abi Ahmed, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad al-Merikhi.

Earlier, the Sudanese news agency announced the arrival of the Foreign Ministers of Uganda Sam Kutesa, Djibouti Mahmoud Ali Yusuf, and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Horn of Africa Tartet Onanga.

The Omani Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalifa Al-Harthy, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki, also arrived to participate in the signing ceremony.

Civil majority
On July 17, the junta signed a "political declaration" with the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, approving the structures of the transitional authority "the sovereign council, the cabinet and the legislature."

Under the agreement, the Sovereignty Council will be composed of 11 members, five civilians nominated by the Freedom Forces for Change, and five members of the military. Under the agreement, the military will appoint the interior and defense ministers.

On August 4, the military council and the forces of freedom and change initialed the Constitutional Declaration document, mediated by the African Union.

The deal ended nearly eight months of unrest that began with mass demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir, which toppled him in April, 30 years after Sudan ruled with an iron fist.

But many Sudanese question the ability of transitional institutions to rein in military forces during the three-year period before elections.

Source: aljazeera

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