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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Dethroned PM of Sudan was reinstated by its military leader; Government officials and political arrests will also be released

On Sunday, Sudan’s deposed prime minister agreed on an arrangement with the military that will see him reinstated, over a month after he was placed under house arrest following a military coup. The military will also release government officials and legislators who have been detained since the October 25 coup.

In televised speeches, the country’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, stated Abdalla Hamdok will lead an independent technocratic administration to the time elections can be held. The extent to which the government would attain power is unknown. It would still be supervised by the military.

It’s also unclear whether the pact has been signed by all political parties and pro-democracy organisations.

International condemnation has greeted the coup, which comes more than two years after a popular revolt forced the resignation of longstanding despot Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist regime.

Sudanese have taken to the streets in protest of the military coup, which has thrown the country’s fragile democratic transition into disarray. The settlement comes just days after medics announced that at least 15 individuals were killed by live fire during anti-coup protests.

The resolution also calls for a probe into who was responsible for the killings and injuries of citizens and troops during protests following the coup. “By signing this declaration, we could lay a genuine foundation to the transitional period,” Burhan stated.

The 14-clause deal also emphasised that power should be entrusted to an elected civilian government at the end of the transitional period.

Source: CBC News

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