Sudan's opposition coalition, military council sign accord on transitional government

Sudan opposition picks economist as first post Bashir Prime Minister

Sudan opposition picks economist as first post Bashir Prime Minister

Sudan's peace has been elusive since the ouster of long-serving former president Omar al Bashir on Following the successful ouster of al-Bashir on Thursday, April 11.

The signing ceremony of the Constitutional Declaration in Khartoum covers arrangements concerning the Transitional Civilian Authority, between the Forces of Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council, according to a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday.

The country's military council signed the agreement with protesters' leaders who camped in the streets demanding Bashir's and his cronies' removal from power and their arrest.

Sudan's military council and protest leaders on Saturday signed a hard-won "constitutional declaration" that paves the way for a transition to civilian rule.

Regional and worldwide dignitaries including the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and the South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, were present.

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The composition of the transitional civilian-majority ruling council is to be announced Sunday.

The opposition coalition is due to nominate a prime minister early next week.

He is expected to focus on stabilising Sudan's economy, which has been in a tailspin since the oil-rich south seceded in 2011.

Economic woes were the trigger that sparked the initial protests.

A timeline of the developments in Sudan's transition to civilian rule.

Residents old and young were eager to exercise their newfound freedom of expression.

"Now, thanks to God, I am starting to breathe", said Ali Issa Abdel Momen, sitting in front of his modest selection of vegetables at the market.

However, the interior and defence ministers are to be chosen by military members of the council.

One of the most immediate diplomatic consequences of the compromise reached this month could be Sudan's return to the African Union, which suspended the country's membership in June.

Bashir is wanted for war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region by the global criminal court and is awaiting trial on corruption charges.

But his trial has been postponed to an as yet undetermined date.