Abdalla Hamdok is the Prime Minister of Sudan once again. He formally signed an agreement with the coup leader, General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on Sunday in the capital, Khartoum.
Hamdok was forced to leave after the military coup on October 25. Then, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan pushed aside Hamdok’s civilian Sudanese government to take power on its own. Al-Burhan is considered the most important leader in the country since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.
After a month of house arrest, the prime minister made a short public appearance at the general’s side. They stated at the signing ceremony at the presidential palace that they would work to resume the democratic transition. According to the agreement, Hamdok will form a government with civilians, and it was not clear whether the army would also be represented in the government. All political prisoners will be released in the October coup.
A French news agency correspondent stated that thousands of demonstrators took to the presidential palace to demonstrate against the coup plotters. And despite the prime minister’s return, which was already announced by mediators earlier in the day, police fired tear gas at the protesters. The demonstrators chanted “No to the military regime” or “No to Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.” The street protest continues.
Abdalla Hamdok became prime minister in 2019 after a civilian military transitional regime came to power after ousting dictator al-Bashir from power.
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