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Africa News of Thursday, 6 April 2023


Sudan peace deal to restore civilian rule postponed

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Sudanese leaders have again postponed the signing of a final agreement to re-establish a civilian government as differences within military factions intensify.

Talks continued overnight with negotiations centred on a draft deal that was to be signed on Thursday.

Sudan has been in political crisis since October 2021, when the army overthrew a civilian government that ousted long-serving leader Omar al Bashir in 2019.

Violent street protests followed, hundreds of people were killed and many more injured over the last one and a half years.

Last December, the military agreed on a roadmap to hand over power to civilians.

But the negotiations have stalled due to disagreements over the unification of the national army and the dreaded paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, led by the deputy head of Sudan's ruling council Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.

The spokesman for the talks however said they were still determined to reach a consensus with the military.

The factions hope that a final peace deal will unlock millions of dollars frozen by the European Union and the US and help the country’s struggling economy.