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AU mediation postpones Sudan talks

July 16 - 2019 KHARTOUM

The African Union mediation has decided to postpone the meetings of the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) with Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) until Tuesday, at the request of the opposition to conduct further consultation on the constitutional document.

A leader of the FFC (formerly known as Alliance for Freedom and Change) said that they asked the AU mediator to postpone it to Tuesday for further consultations, and the African mediator responded to the request, while the two sides have refrained from making press statements at the request of mediation.

He said the Constitutional Declaration, a new and important document that organises constitutional issues during the transitional period, has not been subject to negotiation before.

Agreement on the document has become difficult after the merger of the constitutional declaration and the political charter, especially since the latter reportedly falls short concerning many issues such as peace and the rights of the millions of displaced people in the country.

The main points of disagreement over the constitutional declaration are the absolute immunity of the chairman and members of the sovereign council, which gives them immunity from any prosecution during the transitional period [three years and three months].


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