Eu­pho­ria grips Su­dan as his­toric tran­si­tion agree­ment reached

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Rap­tur­ous crowds filled the streets of Khar­toum Satur­day as Su­dan’s gen­er­als and protest lead­ers signed a his­toric deal paving the way for civil­ian rule.

Thou­sands of cheer­ing peo­ple gathered around the Friend­ship Hall next to the Nile, where the doc­u­ments that will gov­ern the coun­try’s 39-month tran­si­tion were signed.

“This is the big­gest cel­e­bra­tion I have ever seen in my coun­try. We have a new Su­dan,” said Saba Mo­hammed, a veiled 37-year-old woman, wav­ing a small plas­tic flag.

Min­utes ear­lier, the deal had been signed by Mo­hamed Ham­dan Da­glo, deputy chief of the mil­i­tary coun­cil, and Ahmed al-ra­bie, rep­re­sent­ing the Al­liance for Free­dom and Change protest umbrella.

Heads of state, prime min­is­ters and dig­ni­taries from sev­eral coun­tries – in­clud­ing Ethiopia’s Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed and Egypt’s premier Mustafa Mad­buli – at­tended the cer­e­mony.

The con­sti­tu­tional dec­la­ra­tion for­mal­izes the cre­ation of a tran­si­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion that will be guided by an 11-mem­ber sov­er­eign coun­cil, com­prised of six civil­ians and five mil­i­tary fig­ures.

Af­ter bran­dish­ing a signed green book containing the tran­si­tion doc­u­ments, protest leader Mo­hamed Naji al-as­sam called on the mil­i­tary coun­cil to work “to­gether to es­tab­lish a sustainabl­e democracy.”

The agree­ment brought an end to nearly eight months of up­heaval that saw masses mo­bi­lize against pres­i­dent Omar al-bashir, who was ousted in April af­ter 30 years in power.

Thou­sands of peo­ple had ar­rived on trains from Su­dan’s prov­inces to take part in the cel­e­bra­tions, which will in­clude a huge gath­er­ing in Khar­toum’s main gar­dens.

“We hope Su­dan can move for­ward now, we want to be proud of our coun­try,” said Saida Khal­ifa as she got off the train af­ter an all-night ride from At­bara, the town where the protests started in De­cem­ber last year.

“The guns must go silent now and we must pull the coun­try out of this mess to gain peace and free­dom,” she said.

The cel­e­bra­tions lasted deep into the night, with peo­ple of all ages spilling out of honk­ing cars cruis­ing up and down the main road that runs along the Nile and other parts of Khar­toum.

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

Su­danese cel­e­brate out­side the Friend­ship Hall in the cap­i­tal Khar­toum where gen­er­als and protest lead­ers signed a his­toric tran­si­tional con­sti­tu­tion meant to pave the way for civil­ian rule in Su­dan, on Satur­day.

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