Sudanese protesters
Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum, during a rally on April 27, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Khartoum - Sudan’s opposition alliance and ruling military council said after talks on Saturday that they expected to agree on the formation of a new body to lead the country’s transition from 30 years of autocratic rule by Omar Al Bashir.

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) ousted and arrested former Al Bashir on April 11 following months of protests, saying it would rule for up to two years ahead of elections.

Anti-Al Bashir opposition groups and protesters who have kept up a sit-in outside the defence ministry want a civilian-led transitional council with military representation.

Under an umbrella group known as the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces, they met the TMC on Saturday to try to resolve the standoff.

“Today we have taken positive steps and we expect to reach an agreement satisfactory to all parties,” said Ayman Nimir, an opposition negotiator.

“We expect to receive a response from the military council regarding the formation of a sovereign council within hours.” A TMC spokesman, Shams Al Deen Kabbashi, also said the talks had gone well.

“God willing the talks will continue this evening and we are very optimistic that we can reach a final result and announce it to the Sudanese people,” he said.

The TMC has dismissed and arrested some former officials, announced anti-corruption measures and promised to give executive authority to a civilian government, but has previously signalled that ultimate authority will remain in its hands.

Al Bashir was overthrown and detained by the military after 16 weeks of protests triggered by a deepening economic crisis.