Under a deal to end weeks of deadly unrest in Sudan, the military plans to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and release all political detainees, the head of one of the country’s main political parties disclosed on Sunday.
Under the new agreement between the military and civilian political parties, Hamdok is expected to form an independent cabinet of technocrats, said Fadlallah Burma Nasir, head of the Umma Party who attended the talks that led to the deal.
According to the PM’s office, the military has lifted restrictions on Hamdok’s movement and removed the security forces that were stationed outside his home on Sunday.
The military placed Hamdok under house arrest after it’s seizure of power on October 25, the dissolve of Hamdok’s cabinet and detainment of a number of civilians who held top positions.
The coup triggered mass demonstrations against the military and medics aligned with the protest movement say security forces have killed 40 civilians in increasingly violent crackdowns.
Despite Hamdok’s agreement to the deal to stop the bloodshed from nationwide demonstrations, the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) the civilian coalition that shared power with the military previously called for protests to continue on Sunday.
“We affirm our clear and previously announced position: no negotiation and no partnership and no legitimacy for the putschists,” the FFC in a statement on its Facebook page, Sunday said.
Those who carried out and backed the coup should face justice, the statement said, calling on people to turn out for the latest round of anti-military protests on Sunday.
The news of the deal did nothing to thousands of protesters who in the early afternoon marched towards the presidential palace in Khartoum and called for the downfall of military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.