Sudan – Sudan’s senior general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, signed a deal with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday, nearly a month after a military coup, to restore the transition to a civilian government. The 14-point agreement, signed at Khartoum’s presidential palace, calls for Hamdok’s reinstatement as prime minister as well as the release of civilian leaders.
Hamdok had been under armed guard since General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and ousted the government on October 25, a decision that shattered a two-year transition to a civilian administration and drew worldwide condemnation. “Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s house arrest has been lifted, and the soldiers guarding his residence have withdrawn,” an official stated. The move occurred after mediators declared earlier on Sunday that the military and Hamdok had reached an agreement to reinstall Hamdok as prime minister.
The international community has made a strong demand for Hamdok’s return. He is a British-educated economist who has worked for the UN and African organizations. According to medical authorities, the power grab sparked a wave of major street protests in which 40 people were killed. Witnesses claimed that hundreds of protestors demonstrated against the troops and the ensuing crackdown as word of the development spread.
The largest civilian bloc that led the anti-Bashir rallies and inked a power-sharing agreement with the military in 2019 has rejected the deal reached on Sunday. In a statement, the mainstream section of the Forces for Freedom and Change stated, “We confirm our clear and previously expressed position that there is no negotiation, no partnership, and no legitimacy for the coup.” According to witnesses, protesters congregated in downtown Khartoum, as well as in the eastern state of Kassala and the northern city of Atbara.