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Sudan to form new parliament after peace deal with rebels.

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Sudan to form new parliament after peace deal with rebels.
« on: November 07, 2019, 11:19:35 PM »


   Sudan’s protest movement Thursday agreed
to form the country’s new parliament only
after a peace deal is reached with rebel
groups for ending long-running conflicts in
three border regions.
The 300-member parliament was to be
formed within three months of a power-
sharing deal that was signed on August 17
between protest leaders and the generals
who had seized power after the April
overthrow of longtime president Omar al-
Bashir.
Since the signing of the so called
“Constitutional Declaration”, the transitional
government, led by Prime Minister Abdalla
Hamdok, has engaged in talks with three
rebel groups to reach a peace deal to end the
wars in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.
Hundreds of thousands have been killed and
millions displaced in the rebellions by ethnic
minority groups in the three conflict zones
that met with an iron fist from Bashir’s ousted
regime.
As the talks progressed in the South
Sudanese capital of Juba, the three rebel
groups insisted that the new parliament be
formed only after peace deals have been
signed.
The protest movement Forces of Freedom
and Change had recently said it was keen to
stick to the November 17 date to compose
the assembly.
But on Thursday a top rebel leader and a
leader from the protest movement confirmed
that parliament will now be formed after a
peace agreement has been reached.
“The two parties have agreed not to form a
parliament until a peace agreement is
reached,” Yasir Arman, deputy leader of rebel
Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North
(SPLM-N) that is engaged in talks with
Khartoum, said in a statement.
A senior leader from the protest movement,
Yousef Zain, confirmed to AFP that “we have
postponed appointing of members of
parliament”.
The rebel groups and protest movement have
however agreed to go ahead with appointing
new civilian governors for the 18 Sudanese
provinces, the two leaders said.
Hamdok’s government has made reaching a
peace deal to end the conflict in the three war
zones a priority.
Bashir himself is wanted by the Hague-based
International Criminal Court for genocide, war
crimes and crimes against humanity for his
alleged role in the war in Darfur. He denies
the charges.

https://guardian.ng/news/sudan-to-form-new-parliament-after-peace-deal-with-rebels/

 
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