Leaders of Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council have signed a constitutional declaration and announced plans to form a new government. The declaration, initialed on Sunday, sets out the new political power structure and will be formally signed on August 17, paving the way for a transition period that will see key government appointments made within weeks. The day after the declaration receives the final signatures, a sovereign council — made up of six civilians and five military figures — will be established to take over control from Sudan’s military council and oversee the formation of a new government. On August 20, an interim head of government will be appointed, and eight days later Cabinet members will also be selected. Both parties behind the deal have voiced their optimism for Sudan’s future. General Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, the deputy head of the ruling military council, said the deal represents “a new chapter in the history of Sudan.” “We started these negotiations as partners and have concluded them as a team,” he added. According to Daglo, who is considered a military strongman, “The national will has triumphed, this is a win-win situation.” ‘Peace is the foundation for democracy’ Members of Sudan’s pro-democracy movement said they are particularly pleased that their demand for an… Read full this story
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