Facing pressure at home and abroad to restore power to civilians, Sudan’s military coup leader said a technocratic prime minister could be announced in a week, and ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok will be allowed to return and form the new government.
The new government would be led by a technocrat “agreed upon by different sections of the Sudanese people”, who could be chosen within a week and permitted to select a cabinet, he said.
“We will not interfere in the choice of the ministers,” he said. New members would also be appointed to the Sovereign Council, a civilian-military body which he dissolved along with the cabinet.
In a speech on Thursday night, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Hamdok had been offered a chance to return as prime minister.
“Until this night, we were sending him people and telling (Hamdok) … complete the path with us,” Burhan said in the speech. “We told him that we cleaned the stage for you … he is free to form the government, we will not intervene in the government formation,” Burhan.
A committee of national figures has been formed in Khartoum to mediate and has met with both the army and civilians.
Since Burhan dissolved Hamdok’s cabinet and soldiers rounded up government ministers on Monday, western countries, international donors cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in badly needed aid to Sudan where more than half the population is in poverty and hardship has fuelled instability and civil wars.
The coup also disrupted a transition meant to steer Sudan to democracy, with elections in 2023.