Sudan junta, opposition sign initial political agreement
Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC formerly known as the Alliance for Freedom and Change) today signed an initial political agreement at the Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum the political agreement. Constitutional talks will resume this week.
The TMC Deputy Chairman, Lt Gen Mohamed Hamadan ‘Hemeti’ signed on behalf of the TMC, while Ahmed Rabee signed for the FFC, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported.
The deal was signed in the presence of African Union Envoy Mohamed Lebatt, Ethiopian mediator Mohamoud Drir, and representatives of local and international media.
In a press conference following the signing of today’s political agreement, the AU envoy described the agreement as a big gain for the Sudanese people. The Ethiopian mediator said the consensus reached is a decisive and significant step in progress of the negotiations.
According to Hemeti, the agreement will widely open the door for partnership with the FFC.
He described the signing as an historic moment in the life of Sudanese people and that the agreement would open a new era for partnership between the parties. “This accord is fruit of has long been awaited by Sudanese people,” he said.
Lebatt announced a new session of negotiations between the TMC and FFC on Friday evening at the Corinthia Hotel in Khartoum. He said the coming negotiation sitting would be dedicated to studying and revising the Constitutional Document of the interim period.
FFC leader Ibrahim El Amin said he was assured that a new generation will administer the country by tolerance. "The youth of Sudan has shown a high level of responsibility, risen above tribalism and racism, along with a commitment to nationhood."
He further commended efforts of mediators and the Sudanese nationals abroad for supporting the revolution.
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