Sudan opposition voices concern over power-sharing deal

Sudan has been gripped by political deadlock since the toppling of former President Omar al Bashir in April

Sudan has been gripped by political deadlock since the toppling of former President Omar al Bashir in April

The military overthrew long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir in April, but the protesters remained in the streets, calling for a swift transition to civilian rule.

They continue to hold rallies to honour those killed since protests started in December and call for accountability for their deaths.

"This kind of immunity represents a big problem.it contradicts even worldwide laws as global laws don't offer immunity for war crimes or for violations of human rights", Faisal Mohamed Salih, Sudanese political analyst, told AFP news agency. "We will not give up", said Shaima Ahmed, as crowds of protesters arrived behind her.

Economic concerns were among the initial sparks for the protests, which broke out in December when the government announced it would triple the price of bread.

Protest leader Osman said the protest movement was completely against immunity for generals.

But protesters kept up the pressure after his fall, rallying against the military council that took his place.

Sudanese boy flashes victory sign during a protest condemning a deadly crackdown last month in Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, July 18, 2019.

The violent dismantling of the sit-in in front of the army command in Khartoum on June 3, also known as the 29 Ramadan massacre, caused the death of 127 people.

At least 246 people have been killed and 1,353 others injured since the outbreak of the anti-government protests in mid-December, according to the Sudan Doctors Central Committee.

Protesters and rights groups accuse Sudan's feared Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group of carrying out the brutal raid on a protest camp on June 3 that left dozens dead and hundreds wounded.

The authorities have given lower casualty figures.

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Under the deal, Sudan's transition period will be three years, ending with general elections.

But talks are set to continue Friday as the two sides push to resolve remaining issues - including whether to grant immunity to generals for violence against protesters.

The driving force in the FFC is the Sudanese Professionals Association, which rose to prominence co-ordinating protests against Bashir.

The pro-democracy movement and the military signed a document Wednesday outlining a power-sharing deal but have yet to agree on the exact division of powers.

Leading Sudanese political analyst Faisal Mohamed Salih said that Wednesday's agreement was never in dispute.

However, the two sides agreed to postpone the signing of the constitutional declaration, which determines the powers of the transitional period structures.

While adding no dates had been yet finalized for negotiations to relaunch, opposition alliance leader Omar al-Digeir told the AFP news agency: "We need more internal consultation to reach a united vision".

Abul Fadel said the unrest had slashed his overall sales by 20-25 percent - or as much as 40 percent for some items.

The deal however means Sundan is now just three years away from having a fully civilian administration.

"The troika looks forward to engaging a civilian-led transitional government as it works to achieve the Sudanese people's aspirations for responsive governance, peace, justice and development".

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