Sudan military council and opposition reach power-sharing agreement

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Published on July 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:03s

Sudan military council and opposition reach power-sharing agreement

Sudan's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, setting off street celebrations by thousands of people.

Emily Wither reports.


Sudan military council and opposition reach power-sharing agreement

It could mean an end to a standoff that has seized Sudan.

The northeast African country's military and civilian leaders have struck a deal to share power for a span of three years.

Thousands of people came out on to the streets to celebrate the news.

The two sides held talks in the capital Khartoum for two days.

They agreed to rotate power between them, set up an independent technocratic government and launch an independent probe in to the deadly violence of recent weeks.

Talks restarted after a month-long pause and a bloody crackdown by the military.

The military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April and the country has been in turmoil since.

The move came after thousands protested his rule - the leader seized power in a coup in the late 80s.

Months of protesting were replaced with scenes of jubilation as crowds chanted "Civilian!

Civilian!" Many here are calling this the beginning of a new era.

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