In Summary
  • The junta accused the Ethiopian initiative - in which the military and the protest movement would have seven seats each and independent head - of attempting to impose a specific proposal on the parties.
  • The rejection of the terms by TMC is a major setback in the reconciliation talks that are key to returning Sudan to civilian rule.
  • Neighbours are watching with anxiety as any escalations would have far-reaching consequences on security in the region as well as the worsening refugee problem.

A plan by Ethiopia to give civilians the majority in a new Sudan transitional government has been flatly rejected by the ruling military council.

The junta accused the Ethiopian initiative - in which the military and the protest movement would have seven seats each and independent head - of attempting to impose a specific proposal on the parties.

"That is unacceptable because its violates the sovereignty of Sudan. Sudan is not accepting any external intervention that is trying to impose any kind of solutions without our opinions and consultations," Transitional Military Council (TMC) spokesman Shams Aldin Al-Kabashi said.

Yassir Al-Atta, a TMC member also said the Ethiopian initiative was different from that of the African Union and the two needed to be harmonised.

Details of the AU proposal have not come to light as it was understood all along that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had been picked by the AU to mediate in the crisis.

The rejection of the terms by TMC is a major setback in the reconciliation talks that are key to returning Sudan to civilian rule.

PARTISAN FEEL

Analysts says that the initiative was headed for turbulent waters because of the way it was publicised by the protestant Alliance of Freedom and Change (AFC) gave it a partisan feel.

Ideally, a truce involving parties in negotiations should be announced by the mediator with the protagonists also signing on the dotted line.

On Saturday, Babikir Faisal, a member of the AFC, told reporters that the alliance had accepted the Ethiopian initiative.

“We have told the Ethiopian envoy that the FFC has accepted their initiative. We hope all the political rivals will accept it to move the talks forward on the formation of civilian rule in Sudan,” Mr Faisal said.

CIVILIAN RULE

TMC has now said it has repudiated previous agreements with the alliance on a legislative assembly and an administration which were to be dominated by civilians.

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