General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo signs a power-sharing agreement with sudan`s democratic movement and the ruling military council in Khartoum, Sudan. Masking the legend of Mahmoud Hjaj/AP The agreement brokered by the African Union and Ethiopia was greeted with relief by both sides. Protest leaders said they had obtained the army`s approval for RSF`s irregulars to be integrated into the army`s chain of command. Protest leader Ahmed Rabie and vice president of the ruling military council, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, signed the statement at the ceremony attended by mediators from the African Union and Ethiopia. Lebatt said representatives of both sides – pro-democracy civilian groups and the military – will continue discussions on the technical details of the deal on Saturday. El-Refaie said the joint exercise is part of the strengthening of joint military cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries and aims to improve the capabilities of carrying out joint air missions. On Wednesday in Khartoum, Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan was a signatory to the power-sharing agreement for the army. The New York Times reported on the signing: “Protesters are uncomfortable with the celebrity of General Hamdan and his Rapid Support Forces, who have proven to be a dominant group in a Byzantine security apparatus that includes military units, security authorities and semi-official militias of Mr. Al-Bashir.” The agreement means that after 30 years of military rule, Sudan is now three years away from an all-civilian administration – theoretically. The talks also resulted in an agreement between the Egyptian and Sudanese leaders to accelerate the development of military and security cooperation to strengthen the capabilities of both sides in the face of regional security challenges. Earlier, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Lt. Gen.

Mohamed Farid, visited Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, to discuss ways to improve joint military and security cooperation. His visit also aimed to coordinate efforts between the two countries in different fields. The composition of the Council is not expected to be announced on Sunday. But later on Saturday, a spokesman for the Sky News Arabia Military Council said the new body would include current de facto head of state Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Lt. General Yasser Al-Atta. The military and the main opposition alliance, known as the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), have been negotiating the power-sharing agreement for months. The military, which has dominated Sudan since independence from Britain in 1956, is gaining the upper hand in the new government. While Hamdok will lead a technocratic government, general power will revert to a sovereign council headed by a military officer, Lt. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in the first 21 months. The power-sharing agreement creates a joint military and civilian sovereign council that governs just over three years before elections can be held. The ground-moving deal signed Saturday in the capital Khartoum came after a long period of negotiations after longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir fell following mass protests. “The people at the place where the agreement was signed are excited, they have already sung before this agreement was signed…