Why is the agreement necessary?
Sudan has been in a state of political turmoil since the army ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir in April, with dozens of demonstrators killed during street protests.
What is the agreement about?
- Sudan’s ruling military council and pro-democracy protesters signed a landmark agreement on power sharing that aimed to establish civilian rule in Sudan.
- It is aimed at paving the way for a transition to civilian rule after the ouster of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and months of unrest.
- It outlines the powers and the relationships between the branches of the transitional government
What are the key elements of the agreement?
- A transitional, military-civilian governing body would have “limited powers” and that most decisions would lie with the civilian government and the legislative body.
- A new prime minister, chosen by the Forces for Freedom and Change, the main pro-democracy coalition, would be named immediately after the official signing ceremony for the constitutional declaration on Aug. 17, 2019.
- A 20-member transitional government would be named within 21 days of the ceremony.
- Once the transitional government starts work, Sudan embarks on a three-year transition period expected to lead to elections.