Sudanese military, opposition strike a power sharing deal

 

Sudanese people celebrate (REUTERS)

Sudanese people on Friday poured into the streets to celebrate an agreement between the ruling military council and a coalition of opposition groups.

It is expected that the groups will share power during a transitional period followed by the election of a successor to former president Omar al-Bashir. Bashir was ousted from office in April.

Video footage obtained by Reuters showed people cheering and waving Sudanese flags as cars honked in celebration along major roads in the capital Khartoum and the city of Omdurman.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides will establish a sovereign council by rotation between the military and civilians. The council will operate for a period of at least three years.

The two sides also agreed to postpone the establishment of a legislative council and to form an independent technocratic government and to launch a transparent, independent investigation into violent events in recent weeks.