Arriving in Khartoum, Sudan, on Saturday to celebrate the signing of a power-sharing deal outlining the country’s transition to civilian rule.CreditCreditAhmed Mustafa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Has the unrest in Sudan finally come to an end? 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Sudan finally signs power-sharing deal

After months of military rule and pro-democracy protests after the Al Bashir government was overthrown, Sudan’s military and civilian leaders signed a landmark power-sharing deal at a joyous ceremony in the capital, Khartoum, on Saturday, signalling a new chapter in the life of the African country. “We’re putting everything on this,” said Mohamed Azhary, one of many young doctors who took to the streets to oust Mr. al-Bashir. “People are feeling optimistic, but there’s a lot of mixed feelings, too. We are praying for the best.” It is clear that there is a lot of optimism surrounding the new deal, and it is said that this is a positive stepping stone to a more prosperous future for the population of Sudan, which remains to be seen, considering the significant political, economic and social challenges it faces.

2. A step closer to democracy but obstacles remain

While the latest agreement is undoubtedly a positive step towards democracy, there are still many obstacles to be overcome. While the civilian opposition put forward Ahmed Al-Rabee, a schoolteacher earning the equivalent of around $33 a month and emblematic of the economic hardship faced by professionals amid Sudan’s institutional corruption, The TMC put forward the feared Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known simply as Hemedti. This has brought fear of unpredictability and instability of the newly formed government, as Hemedti was Al Bashir’s right-hand man, as well as blamed for brutal treatment of protesters. Only time will tell.

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3. Hemedti vows to stick with the deal

4. Egypt vows to support Sudan

5. Jordan welcomes a new era

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