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Ethiopian Prime Minister Proposes Initiative to end Sudan’s crisis; opposition announces agreement

NAIROB, Kenya—The political leadership crisis in Sudan continues to remain in flux since the removal of ex-president Omar al Bashir from power because of a deadlock between military and civilian population.

However, over the weekend, the country’s main opposition announced that an agreement has been reached to participate in an Ethiopian initiative to resolve the political crisis in Sudan.

“Our agreement on the Ethiopian initiative means a great shift toward achieving the goals of the revolution in freedom, peace and equality, and it will set the country on the right path to achieve democracy,” said Babikir Faisal, spokesman of the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance.

Faisal made the remarks during a press conference in the capital Khartoum.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has designated Mahmud Dirir as Ethiopia’s mediator in resolving the conflict.

Sources say special emissary Dirir arrived in Khartoum last weekend to obtain responses from Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition alliance to the initiative presented by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for resolving the political crisis in Sudan.

Ahmed’s initiative includes formation of a sovereignty council composed of 15 members, seven Military and seven civilian ones in addition to an independent civilian to be appointed via consultation between the TMC and the opposition alliance.

The Ethiopian prime minister’s initiative incorporates formation of a sovereignty council composed of 15 members, seven Military and seven civilian ones, in addition to an independent civilian appointed through consultation between the TMC and the opposition alliance.

In the meantime, the opposition alliance is likely to present a written reaction to an Ethiopian mediator on an initiative proposed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, said on Saturday that the council seeks no power and is ready for negotiation without exclusion of any political component.

Daqlu made the remarks in his address to a popular rally in eastern Nile area to the east of the capital Khartoum.

“We do not reject negotiation, but we do not accept that a single party obtains 67 percent of the legislative council,” said Daqlu, referring to the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance during a popular rally in the eastern Nile area to the east of the capital Khartoum.

Daglu said, “We extend our hands to all countries of the world. We do not have a problem with any country.”

Adding, “We are now protecting Europe through combating illegal immigration across our borders and through combating cross-border crimes, terrorism and drugs, because Sudan is a transit country,” he noted.

The TMC is charged with managing the Sudan’s affairs after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir on April 11, 2019.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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