Sudanese army agrees to return ousted prime minister

Sudanese army agrees to return ousted prime minister

Cairo – An agreement has been reached between Sudan’s military and civilian leaders to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was ousted in a coup last month, military and government officials said on Sunday.

The officials also said that government officials and politicians arrested since the October 25 coup will be released as part of the deal between the military and political parties, including the larger Umma Party.

Officials said Hamdok would head an independent technocratic government. They said the United Nations, the United States and others played “critical roles” in drafting the agreement. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deal before the official announcement.

The coup, more than two years after a popular uprising forced the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government, drew international criticism. The United States, its allies, and the United Nations condemned the excessive use of force against anti-coup protesters.

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Sudanese have taken to the streets in droves since the military seized power, upending the country’s fragile transition to democracy. The agreement comes just days after doctors announced that at least 15 people were killed by live fire during anti-coup demonstrations.

The military tightened its grip on power, and appointed a new Sovereign Council run by the military. The council is headed by the coup leader, Major General Abdel Fattah Burhan.

The officials said the Sovereignty Council would meet later on Sunday before announcing the deal.

A national initiative formed after the coup that included political parties and public figures said in a statement that Hamdok will be returned to his position and form a government of technocrats. She said the deal would be signed later on Sunday with a political announcement. He did not go into details.

A spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, Mohamed Youssef Al-Mustafa, said there is a deal, but the Saudi Press Agency will be suspended when it is officially announced.

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