Sudanese army agrees to reinstate ousted prime minister
CAIRO (AP) – An agreement has been reached between Sudanese 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 .
Officials also said 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.
Hamdok will head an independent technocratic cabinet, officials said. They said the UN, the United States and others played a “crucial role” in shaping the deal. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deal ahead of 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, has drawn international criticism. The United States, its allies and the United Nations have condemned the use of excessive force against anti-coup protesters.
Sudanese have taken to the streets in droves since the military takeover, which upended the country’s fragile transition to democracy. The deal comes just days after medics said at least 15 people had been killed by live ammunition during anti-coup protests.
The army tightened its grip on power, appointing a new Sovereign Council led by the army. The council is chaired by the coup leader, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan.
The Sovereign Council will meet later Sunday before announcing the deal, officials said.
A national initiative formed after the coup that includes political parties and public figures said in a statement that Hamdok would be reinstated and form a technocratic cabinet. He said the deal would be signed later Sunday with a political statement. He didn’t elaborate.
Mohmmed Youssef al-Mustafa, spokesperson for the Sudanese Professionals Association, said there was an agreement but SPA would comment when it was officially announced.