May 5, 2019 / 5:00 PM / 18 days ago

Sudan's military council says it will present vision for country's transition on Monday

CAIRO (Reuters) - Sudan’s Transitional Military Council said on Sunday it would publish its views for the country’s transitional period on Monday, its latest move in negotiations with opposition factions after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir.

Protesters and activists have been negotiating with the TMC to form a joint civilian-military body to oversee the country until elections. But the parties are deadlocked over who would control the new council and over the features of a transitional government.

The Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF,) an alliance of activists and opposition groups, sent the military council a draft constitutional document on Thursday containing its vision for the transitional period. The DFCF was expecting a response in order for negotiations to proceed.

The constitutional draft, seen by Reuters, outlines the duties of a sovereign transitional council which the opposition groups hope will replace the TMC, but does not specify who would sit on it. It also outlines the responsibilities of the cabinet and a 120-member legislature.

Lieutenant General Shams El Din Kabbashi, a spokesman for the military council, said the document was “good”, adding that while the council agreed on some of its points, it had its reservations on others.

The military removed Bashir on April 11 after months of demonstrations against his 30-year rule.

He was questioned for the first time on Sunday over suspected money laundering and financing terrorism, the general prosecutor said in a statement.

Since Bashir’s departure, protests have continued and demonstrators have camped outside the headquarters of the Defense Ministry to demand a handover of power.

“We have said repeatedly that we will not forcefully disperse the sit-in and that we will continue to negotiate,” Kabbashi said on Sunday.

Kabbashi also said that the council is “serious” about arresting corrupt individuals, and could permit journalists and human rights activists to visit those already in custody.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Frances Kerry

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