Sudan Making Headway with Rebels in Peace Talks
Sudan’s interim government has signed a peace deal with one of several rebel groups that have spent years fighting Khartoum’s central authority in far-flung provinces. The accord was reached on Tuesday in Juba, South Sudan, with a faction of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a pro-democracy group that had been battling the autocratic regime of Omar al-Bashir. Bashir was overthrown in April by Sudan’s military following anti-government protests that began in December 2018, but the SRF looked askance at calling a truce with the junta. This past summer, following pressure on the generals from civilian opposition groups as well as outside mediators, the so-called Transitional Military Council agreed to share power with civilians until a new constitution can be approved and elections held, a move that nudged parts of the SRF to consider ending their battle. Talks in Juba will now move on to additional rebel groups in an effort to bring them, too, into the post-Bashir fold.