The Sudanese army lifted the house arrest of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and restored him to power after a military coup last month sought to oust him and several government officials.
On Sunday, Hamdok signed an agreement with coup leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who led the movement against him. The agreement includes the release of all political prisoners and protestors detained in and following the Oct. 25 coup which sparked deadly demonstrations across the country.
However, after Hamdok and Burhan signed the agreement, more protests ensued yesterday by crowds who reject any military involvement in the government.
The agreement calls for amendments to Sudan’s constitution to include provisions for partnership between civilians and military under the transitional government. The Sudanese Professionals Association, described this as “treasonous” and “far from the aspiration of our people.”
Another pro-democracy group, Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change coalition, criticized the deal, saying there is “no negotiation, no partnership, nor legitimacy for the coup plotters.”
“We have nothing to do in any agreement with this brutal gang, and we are working with all peaceful means to bring this (gang) down, working with all the forces of the revolution, professional groups, resistance committees and all the honorable people,” the group said.
Hamdok was installed as leader of the transitional government after Omar al-Bashir was removed from power in April 2019 and is awaiting trial on war crimes. The transitional government was intended to guide the country to democratic elections in a few years.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Sudan advised American citizens to stay in their homes due to expected demonstrations in Khartoum.
The agreement to reinstall Hamdok came after the U.S. and European Union condemned the coup and threatened to impose sanctions on Sudan. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee traveled to Khartoum last week to advance efforts to “support the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people and to restore the country’s civilian transition to democracy.”
European ambassadors in Khartoum renewed their support for the Sudanese people’s demands to achieve democracy, freedom, peace and justice, as well as respect for human rights.
The ambassadors expressed their readiness to support dialogue in order to find a settlement to the current crisis, according to a press statement after their meeting in Khartoum with former Sovereign Council member Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi and Minister of Justice in the ousted government Nasredeen Abdulbari.