Conflicts & War

Sudan’s military, civilian powers sign new deal, Hamdok returns

(Update 2: Adds the deal signing and alters lead and headline)

Khartoum, Nov 21 (EFE).- The Sudanese military and civilian powers on Sunday signed a deal to end the crisis triggered by a coup and reinstated Abdalla Hamdok as prime minister following his release from house arrest.

The deal “cancels the decision of Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (head of the military junta) to remove the prime minister from the transitional period,” according to the 14-point document that was read at Khartoum’s presidential palace.

It also demands the “release of all political detainees,” one of the conditions Hamdok stipulated.

Both parties agreed to form “a government of technocrats and independent figures” with the Sovereign Council.

According to the deal, al-Burhan will preside over the framework but will not intervene in government matters.

The parties stressed the importance of the constitutional agreement signed in 2019 after the ouster of Omar al-Bashir as a “basis” for the transition period in the country until elections, scheduled in less than two years, are held.

The deal also calls for an investigation into civilian casualties during protests that broke after the October 25 coup.

At least 40 people, including 4 minors, have been killed during protests, mostly by live ammunition, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

The security forces, however, deny using live ammunition during the mass demonstrations. EFE


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