Political accord reached in Sudan

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Sudan’s ruling military council and an opposition alliance signed a political accord as part of a power-sharing deal aimed at leading the country to democracy.

The agreement was signed in Khartoum in the presence of African mediators following a night of talks to iron out details of an agreement reached earlier this month.

The deal is meant to pave the way to a political transition in Sudan after military leaders ousted former President Omar al-Bashir in April following weeks of protests against him.

“We want a stable homeland, because we have suffered a great deal,” Ibrahim al-Amin, a leader in the opposition Forces of Freedom and Change coalition, said after the signing.

Ethiopian mediator Mahmud Dirir said Sudan needed to overcome poverty and called for the country to be taken of a US list of states that support terrorism.

The sides are working on a constitutional declaration expected to be signed on Friday.