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Formation of Sudan’s transitional parliament pushed to December

Nov 23, 2020(Nyamilepedia) —The formation of Sudan’s transitional parliament has been pushed to December as further consultations were needed after Sudan’s transitional government signed a landmark October peace deal with rebels in Juba.

Sudanese leaders post for a picture after the armed opposition leaders return to the country(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
Sudanese leaders post for a picture after the armed opposition leaders return to the country(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

In a statement issued late last week, the Forces for Freedom said efforts to ensure “national consensus” were still underway to establish the legislature.

The FFC proposed to allocate 5 seats to each of the SRF and the military component in the newly created council and to give 12 seats for the coalition of the political forces, in addition to the participation of two civilian members of the Sovereign Council, the Prime Minister and two other ministers.

But in November, an FFC leader suggested that the group should hold 165 seats in the transitional parliament, with 75 going to the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance and the rest to other groups.

The FFC considers replacing some civilians members of the Sovereign Council such as Hassan Sheikh Idris, Aisha Musa and Raja Nicolas, but indicated that Nicolas as independent personality cannot be replaced without consulting the military component.

“The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rejected the proposal from the ruling coalition on the formation of Council of the Transitional Period Partners, demanding to increase its representation in the new body.

Several organizations, including the powerful Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) trade union alliance that spearheaded the protests against Bashir, rejected the proposal.

“In order to take into consideration the views of the Sudan Revolutionary Front and to engage in a broad dialogue on the distribution of seats with (all) factions, it has been decided to push back the formation of the assembly until December 31,” the FFC said in its statement last week.

According to the peace agreement, the armed groups will be represented by three personalities in the Sovereign Council, so that the number of its members will be 14 instead of 11.

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