Military and civilian leaders in Sudan signed a first agreement aimed at ending the deep political crisis that has rocked the impoverished northeast African country since the putsch just over a year ago.
The deal comes after multiple attempts to break the deadlock since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhane took power and ousted civilian leaders.
General Burhane’s coup on October 25, 2021, derailed a difficult transition to civilian rule installed after the 2019 ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir, who remained in power for nearly three decades.
Since then, almost weekly demonstrations against the putsch have taken place in this country hit by an economic crisis and a rise in inter-ethnic violence.
The framework agreement was signed by General Burhane, paramilitary commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo as well as several civilian groups, including the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) which were ousted in the coup.
The document was negotiated in the presence of officials from the United Nations, Western diplomats as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the FFC.
The signing took place in the presence of the UN special representative, Volker Perthes, and that of the African Union, Mohamed Belaish.
“Today’s ceremony is the culmination of sustained efforts by Sudanese stakeholders over the past year to find a solution to the political crisis and restore constitutional order,” said Volker Perthes.