Indonesia Welcomes Political Agreement in Sudan

Khortoum residents welcome the political agreement in Sudan (photo: special)

Jakarta, MINA – Indonesia welcomed the signing of a political agreement between the Military Transition Council and the Sudanese Liberation and Change Movement.

“This signing is an important step for the continuation of a peaceful process of transformation and democracy in Sudan,” said a statement from Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Monday, August 19.

The Military Transition Council and opposition leaders signed power-sharing agreements for the new Sudanese government after President Omar Al-Bashir. The signing took place in the Capital City of Khartoum on Saturday, August 17.

The pact paved the way for both parties to form a joint military and civilian council that would lead Sudan for three years until elections were held for civilian-led governments, as quoted by the BBC.

Under the agreement, the sovereign council which consists of six civilians and five generals will govern the country interim, until elections in the next three years.

Both parties agreed to rotate the council’s leadership for a duration of three years. A prime minister nominated by civilians will be appointed next week.

The agreement was signed by Hemeti and Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan for the military council, and Ahmed Al-Rabie for the Freedom and Change Alliance (an umbrella group of pro-democracy masses)

Ethiopian and Egyptian prime ministers, as well as the president of South Sudan,  were among the regional leaders who attended the ceremony in Khartoum, Sudan.

The brief signing ceremony was welcomed by celebrations for hours across the entire population of Khartoum.

According to Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum, the number of Indonesians in Sudan is around 1,300, mostly students in Khartoum.

The number of Indonesian students is around 1,100 to 1,150 studying in a number of universities in Khartoum, including students from Al-Fatah Islamic Boarding School Foundation scattered in several regions in Indonesia. (T/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)