Sudan will form new government on 11 April: Official spokesman

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Mar 2023

Sudanese civilian officials and military commanders agreed to sign a final agreement in April paving the way for the transfer of power to civilians, Khalid Omer, the process’ spokesman announced, according to the Sudan Tribune newspaper.

The official spokesman for the political process Khaled Omar Youssef. Sudan News Agency (SUNA)


The spokesman’s comments came during a press briefing following a pair of meetings on Sunday featuring civilian officials and commanders from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Omer told reporters that the second meeting approved the formation of an eleven-member committee to draft the final agreement, including nine representatives of the signatory civilian forces, a representative of the national army and another from the paramilitary RSF.

“The committee has to submit the final draft agreement no later than 27 March,” he added.

He further said that during the first of Sunday’s meetings, attended by the head of the Sovereign Council, the participants agreed to sign the final agreement on 11 April.

“The [signing of the] transitional constitution will take place on the sixth of April, while the formation of the institutions of the transitional authority will be on the 11th of April,” he stressed.

He further underscored that the non-signatories were invited to Sunday’s meetings but they did not attend. He said a committee has been formed to reach out to the non-participating groups.

The tripartite facilitation panel and the deputy head of the Sovereign Council spoke about constructive discussions with the non-signatories after two separate meetings held with them on Friday and Saturday.

However, the Democratic Bloc Spokesman Mohamed Zakaria said that their meetings with the trilateral panel and the deputy head of the Sovereign council were meant to ensure the participation of the whole coalition of the non-signatories.

“The Democratic Bloc did not participate in a meeting organised by the Trilateral Mechanism. We call for fair representation of the parties, an agreement on the decision-making mechanism and the terms of reference for dialogue,” said Zakaria in a tweet posted on Sunday evening.

“We want to know who decides on the eligibility of the participants. Who decides that four (groups of the Democratic Bloc) only attend the meeting and not the others? Also, we reject the framework agreement and we want to agree on the agenda of discussions,” he further told Sudan Tribune.

Zakaria underscored that they would “peacefully oppose any government formed” on the basis of the framework agreement.

On 5th of December 2022, civilians and the military signed the framework agreement that stipulates the military's departure from power and the formation of a transitional civilian government with full powers.

The agreement comes more than a year after the overthrow of the previous civilian government headed by Abdallah Hamdok in October 2021.

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