Hamdok reinstated as Sudan backtracks on military coup

Hamdok reinstated as Sudan backtracks on military coup
Ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (photo credit: Al Jazeera)

An agreement has been reached in Sudan to reinstate ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in a stunning reversal of a military takeover that lasted for less than a month.

Coup kingpin and Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan penned the deal with Hamdok to restore civilian rule.

The 14-point agreement signed on Sunday, according to sources familiar with the matter in Khartoum, also entails the release of all political detainees.

According to a state TV report, the agreement also stipulates that a 2019 constitutional declaration be the basis for a political transition.

On Sunday, scores of Sudanese protesters thronged the presidential palace in the capital Khartoum in the build-up to signing the agreement between Hamdok and al-Bhuran.

Protesters also carried the Sudanese flags and pictures of people killed during civil unrests against the October coup while other spewed chants against both al-Burhan.

The police used tear gas to disperse protesters as they made headway to the presidential palace.

In October, the Sudanese military declared a state of emergency and placed Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest in a military takeover that sparked widespread condemnations from around the world.

Days later, Hamdok was escorted home with the military assuring the world of his safety. Prior to his reinstatement, the Prime Minister.

In a meeting with members of the international community in October, Hamdok insisted that his government was legitimate and called for the release of those detained.

The demands were the preconditions for the first phase of negotiations with the military.