Sudan Peace Deal with Rebel Groups Signals Lasting Change

Chairman of the Transitional Military Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok greet people during the singing of the Sudan peace deal with rebels groups in Juba, South Sudan, on August 31, 2020. PHOTO | AFP

September 2, 2020//-Sudan’s transitional government on Monday signed a peace deal with rebel groups, in what donors and activists said signals a permanent end to the decades-old civil war.

The Sudanese parties crowned marathon negotiations that lasted more than a year in Juba, South Sudan, which mediated the talks.

The agreement contained timelines that if implemented could bring rebel group leaders into the mainstream government in about 18 months.

It includes most of the armed movements in the country, most notably the Popular Movement in the Northern Sector which is led by Malik Agar, the Justice and Equality Movement led by Gibril Ibrahim and the faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minawi.

The mediation in Juba focused on areas including the Darfur region (west), the states of South Kordofan (south) and Blue Nile (southeast), eastern, northern, and central Sudan.

Among those who attended the ceremony were the head of the Sudanese Transitional Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who arrived earlier.