Sudan’s Military Reinstates Ousted Civilian PM Hamdok

Sudan
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (L) and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (R)
  • Hamdok was quoted as saying that he had agreed to the deal to stop the violence…

EKO HOT BLOG reports that Sudan’s ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been reinstated following last month’s coup when he was put under house arrest.

He has appeared on TV to sign a new power-sharing agreement with coup leader Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan amid continuing mass protests.

The civilian coalition that nominated Hamdok as PM two years ago has refused to acknowledge any new deal.

The pact had been struck with a gun to his head, a spokesperson told the BBC.

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“The future of the country will be determined by the young people on the ground,” Siddiq Abu-Fawwaz, from the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition, told BBC’s Newshour programme.

On the streets of capital, Khartoum, the security forces have fired tear gas at protesters marching towards the presidential palace and demanding the military’s complete withdrawal from politics.

Since 25 October, when the military declared a state of emergency and dissolved the civilian leadership, at least 40 people have died in mass protests against the coup.

Hamdok was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying he had agreed to the deal to stop the violence: “Sudanese blood is precious, let us stop the bloodshed and direct the youth’s energy into building and development.”

The deal also allows for the release of political prisoners, but it is not clear how much power the reinstated prime minister and his cabinet of technocrats will have.

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