Thursday, December 9

Sudan: agreement for the return of the Prime Minister almost a month after the putsch

Almost a month after the military coup in Sudan, an agreement was reached for the return of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok to his post and the release of civilian officials, mediators said on Sunday.

This announcement was made after weeks of mediation to get this country out of the serious crisis marked by the repression of demonstrations against the army which has left 40 dead and hundreds injured since the October 25 putsch, according to a doctors’ union. pro-democracy.

It also intervened before another day of demonstrations against the military which raised fears of a muscular intervention by the security forces.

On October 25, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, head of the army, reshuffled the cards for a shaky transition in Sudan, arresting almost all civilians in power and declaring the state of ’emergency.

He notably detained and then placed under house arrest in Khartoum Mr. Hamdok, who headed the transitional government installed alongside the military after the fall in 2019 of General Omar al-Bashir’s regime in 2019, dismissed by the army under pressure. from the street.

“A political agreement has been reached between General Burhane, Abdallah Hamdok, political forces and civil society organizations for Hamdok’s return to his post and the release of political detainees,” one told AFP. Sudanese mediators, Fadlallah Burma, a leader of the big Umma party.

A group of Sudanese mediators, including journalists, academics and politicians issued a statement detailing the main points of the agreement.

It includes the reinstatement of Mr. Hamdok in his functions, the release of the detainees and the return to the political, legal and constitutional consensus which governed the period of transition.

“The agreement will be officially announced later today, after the signing of the terms of the agreement and accompanying political statement,” the statement said.

The date of the start of application of this agreement was not immediately known.

– Heavy toll –

Since the coup, protests against the army and calling for the return of civilian power have taken place mainly in Khartoum. And the international community denounced the repression of demonstrations and called for a return of civil power.

On Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators marched in Khartoum North, a suburb of the capital, erected barricades in the streets and set tires on fire. “No to military power,” they chanted.

Faced with the heavy toll among the demonstrators, the police assures them that they have never opened fire against the protesters. She counts only one dead and 30 wounded among them due, according to her, to tear gas.

After the violence escalated, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday he was “deeply concerned” about the crackdown and urged the military to allow peaceful protests, reiterating the need to “restore the US-led transition. civilians “.

But General Burhane seemed for a time inflexible. He had announced after the putsch that he would again head the Sovereignty Council, the highest institution of the transition, and had returned all its military or pro-army members there and appointed apolitical civilians.

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