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‘Dispute over top job main sticking point in Sudan talks’

‘Dispute over top job main sticking point in Sudan talks’

AFP
Khartoum
A “dispute” over who should lead Sudan’s new governing body was the key sticking point in overnight talks between army rulers and protesters, a protest leader said Monday.
The latest negotiations were launched Sunday evening following international pressure to install a civilian-led administration–a key demand of thousands of demonstrators who have spent weeks camped outside Khartoum’s army headquarters.
Hours of meetings into the early hours of Monday ended without agreement, but the ruling military council announced the talks would resume Monday evening.
A prominent protest leader who was involved in the Sunday night talks said they had revolved around who would lead the new governing body.
“The dispute over the presidency of the sovereign council and participation between the civilian and military still exists,” said Satea al-Haj, from the umbrella protest movement the Alliance for Freedom and Change.
The Alliance, which led the nationwide campaign that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir last month, has been at loggerheads with the military over the makeup of the new body, set to rule Sudan for a three-year transitional period.