Sudan military leaders reinstate deposed prime minister

CAIRO – Sudan’s military and civilian leaders have reached an agreement on the reinstatement of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed in a coup last month.

According to the agreement signed on Sunday, the military will also release government officials and politicians arrested since the coup.

The country’s supreme general, Abdel Fattah Burhan, said in a televised statement that Hamdok will lead an independent technocratic cabinet until elections can be held. It remains unclear how much power the government will have. It would remain under military supervision.

The coup, more than two years after a popular uprising that forced the ousting of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government, has drawn international criticism.

Sudanese people have taken to the streets en masse since the military seizure of power, which turned the country’s fragile transition to democracy on its head. The deal comes just days after doctors said at least 15 people were killed by sharp fire in demonstrations against the coup. Hamdok has been under house arrest by the military for weeks.

Earlier, military and government officials who discussed the deal said it would include the release of government officials and politicians arrested since the October 25 coup. The largest of the political parties alleged to be included in the deal, the Umma Party, issued a statement indicating that it had not signed the deal.

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Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity for not having the authority to release the information, said the UN, the US and others played a “crucial role” in drawing up the agreement.

The United States, its allies, and the United Nations have condemned the use of excessive force against opponents of the coup.

Meanwhile, thousands took to the streets in the capital, Khartoum, on Sunday to denounce the coup and demand the immediate transfer of power to the civilian population. The demonstrators waved the Sudanese flag and shouted: “Power rests with the people! The military should stay in the barracks. “

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