TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Sudan’s political parties have dismissed an agreement between the military council and the opposition alliance on a three-year transition to a civilian administration in the African nation.
At least 11 Sudanese political parties have rejected the agreement on a three-year power transition, according to arabi21.
It came after the military council and the opposition alliance that spearheaded the protests, the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF), said on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement for a three-year transition to a fully civilian administration.
According to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA), the parties and politicians opposing the agreement argue that the transition period deal could marginalize many political actors.
The opponents also believe that the current agreement between the military council and the DFCF is nullifying the previous peace deals, like the ones signed in Doha and Abuja in the past, and would steer the country towards civilian dictatorship.
Thousands of protesters have been holding a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, for weeks, demanding that the army generals, who took power after toppling longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir on April 11, step down.
The army generals had initially insisted on a two-year transition period, while the protest leaders wanted four years.
In demonstrations on Friday, Sudanese protest leaders denounced the ruling military council’s 72-hour suspension of talks over a peaceful transfer of power to civilian rule as a “regrettable” setback to efforts to forge a new democratic era following the overthrow of Bashir.
The Alliance for Freedom and Change, the umbrella group leading the protest movement and negotiating the transfer of power with Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), said in a statement on Thursday that the generals’ move “ignores the developments achieved in negotiations so far”.