Sudan army ruler vows to ‘implement’ deal with protesters

A grab from a broadcast on Sudan TV on July 6 shows Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdulrahman, chief of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), reading a statement in the capital Khartoum. (AFP)

Sudan’s army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan vowed Saturday to protect and implement the power-sharing deal agreed with protesters that aims to end the country’s months-long political crisis.

“We, as the military council, promise to protect what has been agreed upon and ensure that it is implemented,” Burhan said in a statement broadcast live on state television.

The Alliance for Freedom and Change and the ruling military council agreed on Friday to form a joint ruling body, which in turn is to install a transitional civilian administration – the protesters’ main demand.

Prominent protest leaders Ahmed al-Rabie and Khalid Omar confirmed to AFP that the civil disobedience campaign had been canceled.

“It is to give room for the agreement” to be implemented, Rabie said.

A deal is expected to be ready for signing by the two sides early next week, although the draft has postponed the formation of a 300-seat transitional parliament that had been agreed upon in previous talks.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59