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Thu, 14 Nov 2019 06:23 GMT

US Hails Sudan Power Agreement as 'Important Step Forward'

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7Dnews London - Reuters

Sat, 06 Jul 2019 18:53 GMT

The US hailed on Saturday, July 6th, the newly brokered agreement between the Sudanese ruling military council, and the coalition of opposition groups, to share power for three years as an “important step forward.”

The American State Department said in a statement that the special envoy for Sudan, Donald Booth will return to Sudan soon.

The African Union and Ethiopia orchestrated the agreement that was announced on Friday, July 5th, and which will be finalized on Monday, July 8th.

"The agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change, and the Transitional Military Council, to establish a sovereign council is an important step forward," the State Department said. "We look forward to immediate resumption of access to the internet, establishment of the new legislature, accountability for the violent suppression of peaceful protests, and progress toward free and fair elections."

The agreement was reached after months of protests and conflicts, between the opposition groups and the military ruling council that succeeded the ousted President Omar al- Bashir.

The negotiations between the military council and the Sudanese opposition collapsed when the security forces stormed a sit-in on June 3rd staged by the opposition, outside the ministry of defence building, in the capital city of Khartoum.

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