CAIRO (Reuters) – Sudan’s main opposition coalition said on Saturday it had received a draft agreement from the Ethiopian mediator and had agreed to all of its points defining the governmental structure for the transitional period.
A draft of the Ethiopian proposal seen by Reuters suggested that the sovereign council would be made up of seven civilians and seven military members with one more seat reserved for an impartial individual.
Babikr Faisal, a spokesman for the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition, gave no details on the contents of the agreement, other than telling reporters it pushed all sides to take a decisive position.
The ruling generals and the coalition have been wrangling for weeks over whether civilians or the military would control a new sovereign council to lead the Sudan to elections after the military deposed and detained long-time president Bashir on April 11.
The coalition was meant to meet the Ethiopian envoy on Saturday but the meeting was postponed, Faisal said.
Talks between the military and the opposition alliance collapsed when security forces stormed a protest sit-in outside the Defence Ministry on June 3, killing dozens.
There have been no direct talks since them, but Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the African Union have been trying to mediate between the sides.
The opposition accused the military council of ordering the sit-in’s bloody dispersal and wants an international inquiry. Witnesses said the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, headed by the military council’s deputy, carried out the violence.
The military said a crackdown on criminals spilled over to the sit-in area, but some officers have been detained for presumed responsibility.
Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian