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Sudan foreign minister says deal needs approval from still-unformed council

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24.10.2020

Following the announcement of Sudan’s normalization agreement with Israel on Friday, Sudan’s acting foreign minister said the agreement still depends on approval from the Sudanese legislative council, which has not yet been formed as the government goes through transition.

“Agreement on normalization with Israel will be decided after completion of the constitutional institutions through the formation of the legislative council,” Omar Gamareldin said, according to the Reuters news agency.

“This is an agreement to normalize. It is not yet normalization. We must wait for Sudan’s democratic institutions to be functional, including the legislative council, so we can complete the ratification of this step so it can become, in reality, normalization,” Gamareldin added, CNN reported.

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Before the deal was announced, government sources said Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had agreed, in principle, to normalize ties, but was conditioning the move on ratification by the still non-existent transitional parliament.

Sudan is on a fragile path to democracy after a popular uprising last year led the military to overthrow longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. A military-civilian government rules the country, with elections possible in late 2022.

It remains unclear when a transitional parliament will be formed amid negotiations between the civilian and military parts of the transitional government.

Whether or not to normalize ties with Israel has been a matter of vehement debate within Sudan’s........

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