The designated head of the Sudanese Umma Party, Fadlullah Burma Nasser, said in a statement to Reuters today, Sunday, that the army’s intention to restore the ousted Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok to his position came after an agreement was reached late last night.
Nasser added that Hamdok will form an independent government of competencies, and all political detainees will be released within the framework of the agreement between the army and civilian political parties.
Nasser said he participated in a meeting late on Saturday evening, during which mediators reached an agreement, according to Reuters.
A source familiar with the talks said that the Sovereignty Council will hold an urgent meeting, today, Sunday, before announcing the agreement.
The army had placed Hamdok under house arrest when it seized power on October 25 in a military coup led by Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the army chief, that took Sudan off its transitional path towards civilian rule.
The coup ended a transitional partnership between the military and civilian groups that helped oust President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
After the coup, Hamdok demanded the release of all political detainees and a return to the power-sharing agreement as a precondition for negotiations, according to sources close to him.
The coup sparked a campaign of popular demonstrations, and activists called for more protests on Sunday.
The Western powers that supported the political transition in Sudan had condemned the coup and suspended some economic aid to Sudan.
The agreement comes ahead of protests called by pro-democracy activists against the military coup, the latest in a series of demonstrations in which at least 40 people have been killed, according to medics, according to AFP.
Last Wednesday, November 17, 16 people were killed, the largest number of deaths since the beginning of the recent protests, according to the pro-democracy medical union.
This brings the death toll since the demonstrations began on October 25 to 40, most of them demonstrators.
The police confirm that they do not open fire on the demonstrators, and the outcome is only one death and 30 injuries among the protesters due to tear gas, while 89 policemen were injured.
On Saturday, the authorities announced that an investigation would be opened into the killings.