Protests continue in Sudan despite power sharing deal between military and civilian officials

Sudanese protestors march again in Khartoum and other cities today. Even as deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir—wanted by the International Criminal Court

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Sudanese protestors march again in Khartoum and other cities today.

Even as deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir—wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes—sits in jail, protests have continued to ensure military generals do not replace him.

After months of uncertainty, a power-sharing deal was finally reached this week. This deal establishes a sovereign council where five seats are each given to military and civilian leaders as well as one extra seat for a civilian, who is chosen by both sides. The military will govern for the first 21 months before civilian leaders will take over for the final 15 months leading up to an election set for 2022.

Whilst this deal is recognised as a break-through, protestors are still fearful that the military will not meet obligations. In particular, the protestors are demanding that an investigation into a June 3 demonstration is fair. Whilst officially the toll stands at 62, protestors claim over a 100 were killed.

Expect protests to cool in the short-term. In the medium-term, if Al-Bashir is not extradited or if the protestors see the June 3 investigation as biased, expect tensions to raise again.

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