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Sudan’s military and political leaders sign agreement — RT World News

The deal ends a stalemate that began with a 2021 coup and involved the US and Russia

Sudan’s military and political parties have agreed to work for a democratic government, ending a crisis that began when the military seized power in a coup last year.

Signed on Monday by Sudan’s two ruling generals, Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan and Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, and civilian leaders of the Forces for Freedom and Change coalition, the agreement provides for a two-year transition to elections democratic regimes and places the Sudanese military under the control of a civilian prime minister, Reuters reported.

The deal is the first of two planned deals aimed at restoring political stability in Sudan, but has been boycotted by protest groups known as the Resistance Committees, which have continually refused to negotiate with the military. A group of former military leaders, who split off to form their own political bloc, also rejected the deal.

The Resistance Committees have already called for demonstrations against the agreement.

Sudan was ruled by Omar al-Bashir from 1989 until 2019, when he was overthrown in a military coup and accused of corruption. Al-Burhan stepped in to oversee a four-year transition to civilian rule and appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to lead that transition. However, al-Burhan’s forces arrested Hamdok and his cabinet in a series of raids last October, with al-Burhan saying that from then on the military alone would oversee the rest of the transition.

The United States immediately froze $700 million in aid to Khartoum, with State Department spokesman Ned Price warning that Washington would use “all appropriate measures” to force the African nation back to civilian rule.

However, Bashir’s relations with the United States were equally frosty, with Sudan having been under US sanctions since the early 1990s when Washington accused him of harboring Osama bin Laden. Bashir signed a military cooperation agreement with Russia in 2017, and al-Burhan’s government agreed in 2020 to host a Russian naval base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast.

In September, the first US ambassador to Sudan in 25 years, John Godfrey, threatened al-Burhan with “consequences” if he went ahead with the construction of the base, warning that this “Will harm the interests of Sudan.” The aid package frozen by the United States in 2021 would have been conditional on Sudan canceling the agreement with Moscow.

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