Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 October 2019

Sudan's Military Council ready to negotiate with protesters on joint government

General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan will head a joint civilian-military council when it is formed

A Sudanese protester waves a national flag on a barricade on a road leading to the defense ministry compound in Khartoum, Sudan, April 30, 2019. Reuters 
A Sudanese protester waves a national flag on a barricade on a road leading to the defense ministry compound in Khartoum, Sudan, April 30, 2019. Reuters 

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council said on Tuesday it is ready to negotiate with the country’s main protest group to form a joint civilian-military interim government.

“We affirm our partnership with the Freedom and Change Forces and our desire to reach a speedy and swift solution to the crisis,” the council said during a press conference.

“We want to get to a quick solution to the crisis."

Lt General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan will take over the joint civilian-military transitional council once it is formed, members of the council said.

The country’s Freedom and Change Forces, an umbrella alliance of activists and opposition groups, wants a four-year transition overseen by a civilian-led council with military representation.

“We call on the Freedom and Change Forces to identify the parties they represent and bring forward a single negotiating delegation that represents them,” the council said in a statement.

“We want those who will represent the civilians in the council to have a clear negotiation mandate from the opposition movement,” said the statement.

The Transitional Military Council stressed that it has a “moral duty” towards the Sudanese people to ensure it forms a democratic state.

“As a military council we're committed to negotiating but this means that there will be no chaos after today,” Mohammed Hamidti, deputy chief of the transitional military council said.

“We have agreed to include civilians in the sovereign council, we’ve made many compromises to meet the people’s demands,” Mr Hamidti said.

"Members of the Freedom and Change Forces have promised us to open the blocked roads and bridges that surround the government headquarters but “they have failed to do so,” the council said.

Meanwhile, 12 people have been killed and 125 injured since the country’s protests erupted on April 6, the council said.

“Peaceful protests in Sudan have turned violent with fires started and civilians attacked,” the council said.

Updated: April 30, 2019 03:19 PM

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