Sudanese protesters chant slogans as they gather for a sit-in outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on May 2, 2019. The military council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC) have agreed to form three organs – a sovereign council, a cabinet and a legislative body – to guide return to civilian rule. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
The death of seven Sudanese protesters and an army major undermined a potential breakthrough on the formation of transition authorities to run the country.
Five of the eight were shot dead on Monday in Khartoum when “unidentified elements” fired shots at the sit in outside the military headquarters, prompting fears that the military council could be up to some mischief.
The latest developments came as the prosecutor general’s office said ousted president Omar al-Bashir had been charged over the killings of protesters during anti-regime demonstrations that led to the end of his rule last month.
The umbrella protest movement the Alliance for Freedom and Change said Monday’s violence was to “disturb the breakthrough in the negotiations” with army generals as it blamed the bloodshed on the former regime’s militias.
Earlier on Monday, the generals and the protest movement said they had agreed on a “structure of the authorities and their powers” that would transfer authority to a civilian administration.
“The authorities are as follows — the sovereign council, the cabinet and the legislative body,” Taha Osman, a spokesman for the protest movement said.
He added another meeting was planned for Tuesday “to discuss the period of transition and the composition of the authorities”.
The military council confirmed the agreement and the agenda of the meeting later on Tuesday.
“We will continue to discuss the percentage of participation… and the transitional period,” council spokesman Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi told reporters.