In Summary
  • Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo - widely regarded as Sudan's most powerful man - made the pledge in a BBC interview as the two sides prepared to sign the landmark deal later on Saturday.
  • Pro-democracy protests and violent repression gripped Sudan after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted.
  • Under the new deal, a sovereign council, consisting of six civilians and five generals, will run the country until elections.

A key military leader in Sudan has promised to abide by a power-sharing agreement with the opposition.

Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo - widely regarded as Sudan's most powerful man - made the pledge in a BBC interview as the two sides prepared to sign the landmark deal later on Saturday.

Its aim is to end months of unrest and pave the way for civilian rule.

PROTESTS

Pro-democracy protests and violent repression gripped Sudan after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted.

Under the new deal, a sovereign council, consisting of six civilians and five generals, will run the country until elections.

The two sides have agreed to rotate control of the council for just over three years. A prime minister nominated by civilians is due to be appointed next week.

"We will stick to every single letter we have agreed on," Hemeti told the BBC's Zenab Badawi.

"Even without the agreement we [would] have to work in this direction because it's in the country's interest," he added. "Therefore we have to carry out the agreement, stick to it and support it."

SUPPORT FORCES

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