On October 25, General Burhan declared a state of emergency, deposed the government and arrested civil authorities.
Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, ousted from power after the military coup in Sudan, will return to his post after an agreement reached with General Abdel Fattah al Burhan, mediators said Sunday.
“A political agreement has been reached between General Burhan, Abdullah Hamdok, political forces and civil society organizations for Hamdok to return to his post and for the release of the political detainees,” one of the Sudanese mediators told AFP , Fadlallah Burma, a leader of the opposition Oumma party.
On October 25, Burhan declared a state of emergency, deposed the government and arrested civil authorities. The military action ended a two-year transition to civilian command, generated international condemnation and sanctions, and sparked large protests.
A group of Sudanese mediators, including academics, journalists and politicians, released a statement with the main details of the agreement. It includes the reinstatement of Hamdok as prime minister, the release of the detainees, and the restitution of what was termed the constitutional, legal and political consensus that governed the transition process.
According to the mediators’ statement, the agreement was reached after an understanding between the political factions, former rebel groups and the military. «The agreement will be officially announced later [el domingo] after the signing of its conditions and the accompanying political declaration, “the statement said.
40 killed in demonstrations
The pact was unveiled ahead of a planned mass protest against the military, the latest in a series of demonstrations that have left at least 40 dead, according to doctors. Sudanese authorities said Saturday they would investigate the deaths.
General Al Burhan declared that the military action “was not a coup,” but a step “to rectify the transition,” given the disputes and divisions between civilians and the military in the deposed government.
Weeks ago, he announced a new governing council in which he would maintain his position as hierarch, along with a powerful paramilitary commander, three high-ranking military officials, three former rebel leaders and a civilian.
The remaining four civilian members of the original council would be replaced by less well-known figures.
But the return of Hamdok, a UK-educated economist who worked for the UN and African organizations, was a central demand from the international community.
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