Sudanese await Army response as protesters accept Ethiopian Roadmap for civilian transition
London, June 23, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Sudanese on Sunday anxiously await response from the military to the roadmap to civilian transition proposed by Ethiopian Prime Minister after Sudan’s protest movement gave its blessing after a months-long standoff with the country’s military rulers.
Ahmed Rabie, a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the Ethiopian proposal included a leadership council with eight civilian and seven military members, with a rotating chairmanship.
The ruling military council did not immediately say whether it would also agree to what is seen as the only credible proposal to unlock Sudanese stalemate since the overthrown of the Omar Al-bashir
Rabie added the roadmap would restore all previous deals with the military. These include a three-year transition period, a protester-appointed Cabinet and a protester-majority legislative body.
Rabie says the protest leaders will also discuss with the Ethiopian envoy, Mahmoud Dirir, establishing an “independent” investigation into the military’s crackdown against a protest sit-in earlier this month that killed dozens.
According to the Ethiopian plan, seven of the eight civilians on the governing body will come from the umbrella protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, another protest leader, Amjad Farid, had told AFP earlier on Saturday.
Ethiopia has stepped up its efforts to resolve the political crisis in Sudan since the deadly June 3 dispersal of a long-running protest camp outside army headquarters in Khartoum
Sudan has been wracked by tensions between protest leaders and generals, who seized power after removing President Omar al-Bashir in April amid massive street demonstrations.
The situation was exacerbated after the crackdown, in which Sudanese doctors linked to the protest movement said more than 118 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
The TMC put the death toll at 61 people.
Witnesses said the violence was perpetrated by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a feared force that grew out of the Janjaweed militias – accused by rights groups of war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.
The TMC initially denied ordering the dispersal of the sit-in, insisting they authorised only a limited operation to clear drug dealers from around the camp. However, they eventually admitted to having given the order.
The crackdown came after talks between protest leaders and the TMC failed to reach an agreement on the composition of a new ruling body and who should lead it – a civilian or soldier.
Days after the raid, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led mediation efforts between the two sides.
In previous talks before the crackdown, protest leaders and the generals had agreed on a three-year transition roadmap and to form a 300-member parliament, with two-thirds of legislators coming from the protest movement.