Sudan military yield to protests, reinstate PM Hamdok

Sudan military yield to protests, reinstate PM Hamdok

Sudan’s military have reinstated ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok as both parties sign a new deal that will see all detained civilian leaders released after last month’s military coup.

Before this development, Fadlallah Burma Nasir, head of the Umma Party, had confirmed the deal to reporters on Sunday. A group of Sudanese mediators also released a statement on the agreement.

“A political agreement has been reached between General Burhan, Abdalla Hamdok, political forces and civil society organisations for Hamdok’s return to his position, and the release of political detainees,” said Nasir.

Hamdok will form an independent cabinet of technocrats and all political detainees will be released under the deal between the military and political parties, Nasir said.

Nasir added that he took part in a meeting late on Saturday in which mediators reached the agreement.

The Sovereign Council announced the deal on Sunday afternoon after holding a meeting.

The agreement comes more than three weeks since General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan derailed Sudan’s transition towards civilian rule with a military coup.

On October 25, al-Burhan declared a state of emergency, dissolved the interim government, and arrested the civilian leadership – drawing widespread international condemnation and provoking people to take to the streets.

Hamdok was placed under house arrest when the military seized power.

Over the situation before Sunday agreement, rallies have often turned violent, with police and soldiers using live rounds and tear gas to disperse crowds.

Authorities have denied using any live ammunition and insist they employed “minimum force” to quell crowds.

It was reported that several people involved in organising anti-coup demonstrations and members of political parties said even if Hamdok is reinstated, they do not want a deal with the army.

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