Sudan’s military leaders have submitted notes on a draft constitution as a basis for talks under international mediation, three political sources told Reuters, signalling an easing of a year-long political deadlock.
The draft constitution, drawn up by the Sudanese Bar Assocation in August, provides for a transitional civilian-led authority with oversight over the armed forces, who would exit politics after the signing of a deal.
However, it faces opposition from Islamists who held power under former president Omar al-Bashir and protested the talks on Saturday, and a protest movement that has been staging large demonstrations for more than a year.
The military seized control in a coup in October 2021, halting a transition towards democratic elections following Bashir’s overthrow in a 2019 uprising.
A new deal would have the potential to restart reforms and draw in much needed foreign financing.