A few hours after the announcement of an agreement on the political transition between the representatives of the popular protest and the generals in power, a soldier and five demonstrators were killed on Monday night in Khartoum.
A soldier and five protesters were killed on the evening of Monday, May 13, in Khartoum, just hours after the announcement of a first agreement on the political transition between the ruling generals and the leaders of the popular protest to govern the country. Sudan.
« Unidentified elements who wanted to sabotage the negotiations between the two parties » opened fire in front of the Sudanese army headquarters, where for more than a month there has been a « sit-in » organized by the protesters, killing a commander of the military police and wounding three soldiers, as well as several demonstrators and civilians, said the Military Council.
He said during a night press conference that « armed men were reported among the protesters ». According to medical sources close to the protest movement, five protesters were killed, including at least one in front of the headquarters.
A first agreement to refine
The leaders of the popular protest resumed Monday talks with the military in power deemed crucial for the future of the country, after three decades of unchallenged power exerted by the former President Omar al-Bashir.
« At [Monday’s] meeting, we agreed on the structure of [transitional] bodies and their prerogatives, » spokesman Taha Osman.
These bodies are a « Sovereign Council, Cabinet and Legislative Assembly, » he said. « [Tuesday’s] discussions will focus on the length of the transition period and the composition of the [new] council » and the other two bodies.
» The spokesman of the Military Council, General Chamsedddine Kabbachi, confirmed the terms of the agreement.
« We agreed on the formation of transition entities at the sovereign, executive and legislative levels, » he told reporters.
« Tomorrow, we will discuss the percentages of representation [within these bodies] and the duration of the transition. » Until now, the two parties diverged on the composition of a Sovereign Council called to replace the Military Council, which took power after the ousting of Omar al-Bashir on April 11.
The Alliance for Freedom and Change (ALC), spearhead of the challenge, wants it to be dominated by civilians while the army seeks that it includes a majority of military. The generals want a transitional period of two years, while the protesters want this period to be four years. The military also wanted to keep sharia (Islamic law) as the source of legislation during the transition period.
Omar al-Bashir charged
Earlier in the day, the Sudanese Attorney General announced the indictment of Omar al-Bashir, dismissed on April 11 and currently imprisoned in Khartoum, for « killing demonstrators » during protests against his regime.
Master of Sudan for almost thirty years, President Bashir was deposed after a series of popular demonstrations that began on December 19, after the government’s decision to triple the price of bread in a country with economy bloodless.
According to an association of doctors close to the LAC, 90 people have been killed by the police since the beginning of the demonstrations on December 19th. Authorities speak of a death toll of 65.
The former head of state is also subject to arrest warrants of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who wants to see the answer to The Hague accusations of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the conflict in Darfur (west).