Sudan’s military and civil society leaders have reached an agreement allowing ousted Prime Minister Hamdok to return to his post. Negotiators from the Umma Party, the country’s largest party, say it has been agreed to allow Hamdok to form an independent government of technocrats and to release all political prisoners.
The deal will be officially announced later today, according to Ummah. The largest protest movement, the Forces for Freedom and Change, said in response that it does not recognize the agreement with the army.
Hamdok was overthrown last month after a military coup. He was also arrested, but was allowed to return home a day later.
The coup was strongly condemned abroad. There were also protests in Sudan. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets, and teachers staged a sit-in and set up roadblocks in the capital, Khartoum. According to the Forces of Freedom and Change, the protests will continue after the suspected agreement.
Quarrel since Bashir was overthrown
The head of the military council, Major General Burhan, said the coup was necessary to avoid a political crisis. Since the overthrow of dictator al-Bashir in 2019, military and civilian rulers have been arguing over the balance of power.
The October 25 coup took place a month before the transfer of power to a civilian government as agreed in 2019.
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