The formation of Sudan’s transitional parliament has been pushed back to December.
The transitional parliament is a key element of a power-sharing deal between the military and protesters after the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir.
After Sudan’s transitional government signed a landmark peace deal with rebels in October, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) umbrella protest group said further consultations were needed.
The FFC said in a statement last week that efforts to ensure “national consensus” were still underway to establish the legislature
Its formation had been due within 90 days of a power-sharing deal signed on August 17 between the FFC and military generals who seized power following al-Bashir’s ouster in April last year.
The deal stipulated that the legislature should include no more than 300 members, 40 percent of them women, with the FFC obtaining 201 seats and the rest going to other factions.
But in November, an FFC leader suggested that the group should hold 165 seats in the transitional parliament, with 75 going to the Sudan Revolutionary Front rebel alliance and the rest to other groups.
Several organizations, including the powerful Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) trade union alliance that spearheaded the protests against al-Bashir, rejected the proposal.
The SPA is insisting that “all revolutionary forces be represented” in the new parliament, which will be tasked to legislate until new general elections are held in 2022.