Sudan Transitional Military Council and opposition forces agree to a final Constitutional Declaration

(CNN)Sudan’s opposition and the Transitional Military Council have reached an agreement on a final Constitutional Declaration for the country that has been without long-term leadership since April, African Union mediator Mohamed Lebatt announced at a press conference in Khartoum.
“In the name of the African Union mediation and both respected delegations, I am very pleased to announce before everyone … that both delegations completely agreed on a final Constitutional Declaration,” Lebatt said.
Neither side has signed the agreement yet, and Lebatt said that delegates from the Transitional Military and the Declaration of Freedom and Change will continue to meet to work out details on a ceremony for the document’s signature.

A military coup announced by Sudanese defense minister, Awad Mohamed Ibn Auf, ended in the arrest of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir.
The dictator took the presidential seat by a coup in 1989.
An estimated 15,000 villagers were killed by the Janjaweed militia between 2003 and 2004, with millions of Sudanese displaced and some women allegedly raped. The most recent protests against him were sparked by rising costs of food and shortages in fuel.
Protests continued even after he was removed from office, with calls for the transitional military council to hand power over to a civilian-led body and democratic elections.

“All Sudanese people are in the street and demanding the downfall of the regime and not recycling the same people,” activist Omar al-Neel told CNN.

In early July, the two groups agreed to a 39-month transitional period with the Transitional Military Council ruling for 21 months and the opposition alliance ruling for 18.
There are also continued calls for better living conditions and solutions to food shortages.

At least 10 protesters — including students — have been shot and killed in the last week at recent rallies for the transition of power, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors. Opposition groups have blamed the military council for the killings.
Sudan’s Transitional Military Council has not yet commented on the latest shooting.

CNN’s Amir Ahmed, Larry Register, Nada Altaher, Leah Asmelash and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

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