Hamdok reinstated as PM after new agreement in Sudan

Sudan’s military commander General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday signed a political agreement.

The new deal aims at restoring the transition to civilian rule nearly a month after a military takeover. 

On October 25, General al-Burhan declared a state of emergency, dissolved the transitional government, and arrested the civilian leadership.

Hamdok was placed under house arrest when the military seized power. Sudan’s military lifted restrictions on his movement and removed the security forces that were stationed outside his home on Sunday morning.

The 14-point political agreement, signed in the presidential palace in Khartoum, also provides for the release of all political prisoners detained during the coup and stipulates that a 2019 constitutional declaration be the basis for a political transition, according to details read out on state TV.

The agreement has stipulated that Mr. Hamdok will form an independent cabinet of technocrats. It also enabled Abdalla Hamdok to be reinstated as prime minister.

 “I should begin by saying that our country is guarded and preserved by God Almighty and whatever we reach at dead end, my fellow Sudanese people are capable of restoring our country back on course,” Hamdok said.

“When I then accepted the designation as an interim prime minister, I realized that the road was not strewn with roses, it would be a daunting task, fraught by risks and dangers. However, by joining hands, we can all prevent our country from plunging into the unknown. We should all come together to let the people decide who will take and hold the reigns of power,” he added.

According to Hamdok, the political agreement will open doors to address all the pending issues of the transitional period over the past two years.

Despite the news of Hamdok’s reinstatement, huge demonstrations erupted in many parts of the capital Khartoum with demonstrators denouncing military rule.

Source: Radio Tamazuj.

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