Washington calls for lifting the emergency.. the resignation of the ministers of freedom and change and a draft statement at the Security Council welcoming the Burhan and Hamdok agreement

A source in the ousted Sudanese government said that about 14 ministers submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, after he resumed his duties again. While Britain distributed a draft press statement to members of the Security Council welcoming the political agreement between Hamdok and Army Commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, it called on Washington to lift the state of emergency and release the detainees.

Britain has distributed a draft press statement to members of the Security Council welcoming the political agreement between Sudanese Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The draft statement, of which Al Jazeera obtained a copy, described the agreement as an important step towards resolving the constitutional and political crisis in Sudan.

The draft statement calls for the immediate release of all political detainees since last October 25, and condemns the loss of life, violence and human rights violations that have occurred since that date.

In the context, the US State Department said that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told Sudan’s army chief and prime minister in talks with them on Monday that the country needed to make more “progress” before Washington resumed disbursing $700 million in suspended aid.

“We must see continued progress and see Sudan return to the democratic path, and this begins with restoring the prime minister to his post, but it does not end there,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken renewed Washington’s call to respect the peaceful protests in Sudan, and stressed the need to immediately lift the state of emergency and release all political detainees.

The US State Department said that Blinken encouraged Hamdok and Al-Burhan to return the democratic transition to the right track.

She added that Blinken recognizes the importance of the first step taken to restore Hamdok to his position, but notes the pending transitional tasks.

Asked if the United States was ready to resume the financial aid that was suspended following Hamdok’s ouster, Rice replied that it depends on what happens in the few hours, days and weeks.

On Sunday, Hamdok and Al-Burhan signed a political agreement to overcome the crisis in the country, according to which Hamdok returned to his position as prime minister. The agreement stipulated that the partnership between civilians and the military is the guarantor of the security of Sudan.

The agreement – whose signing ceremony was attended by a number of political and military leaders – included 14 articles, most notably the cancellation of the decision to relieve Hamdok from heading the government, the release of all political detainees, and the supervision of the Sovereign Council over the transitional period.

Mass resignation of ministers

Politically, a source in the isolated Sudanese government said that about 14 ministers submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok to prevent embarrassment, according to the source’s expression, at a time when Muhammad Hamdan Daglo (Hemedti) confirmed that the political agreement aims to correct the democratic path in his country.

The source indicated that the resignations were submitted after a meeting between Hamdok and the former ministers, which was held this morning at the Cabinet headquarters, and added that the Ministers of Information and Communications were unable to attend the meeting, while the Minister of Commerce declined to submit his resignation, and the Ministers of Industry and Cabinet Affairs are still under arrest.

The ministers said in a statement, “We submitted our resignations in writing to the Prime Minister, and it was handed over to him.”

The statement did not explain the reason for submitting their resignations, but it came after a statement in which they expressed their rejection of the agreement on Sunday, considering that it legitimizes the military coup, according to the website of the Ministry of Culture and Information.

Earlier, a former minister in the Sudanese government told Al Jazeera that “the ministers of the Forces of Freedom and Change – the Central Council Group will hold a meeting today (Monday) with Hamdok to find out the reasons that prompted him to conclude the political agreement with Al-Burhan.”

While regional and international countries and organizations welcomed the agreement on Sunday, it was rejected by isolated ministers, political parties and coalitions, most notably the Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel Wahed Nour and the Forces for Freedom and Change – the Central Council group, the Sudanese Professionals Association and the Sudanese Communist Party. Sudanese cities also witnessed protests rejecting it.

But Hamdok said, “Among the reasons for my return is to preserve economic gains and economic openness to the world.”

In an interview with Reuters at his residence in Khartoum, where he was under house arrest, Hamdok said, “We expect the performance of the technocratic government to have a positive impact on economic performance and the livelihood of citizens.”

“The technocratic government can help improve the Sudanese economy, which has suffered from a prolonged crisis that includes one of the highest inflation rates in the world, as well as a shortage of basic commodities,” he added.

Earlier, Hamdok told Al Jazeera that one of the most important terms of the agreement is that the Prime Minister has complete freedom to form an independent government, adding that all political detainees will be released soon.

Hamdok stressed that the main idea in the next government is for a government of independent Sudanese technocrats.

Regarding its most important tasks, Hamdok told Al Jazeera that it will focus on very limited issues, foremost of which is the implementation of the democratic transition and its benefits, in addition to maintaining peace and implementing the Juba Agreement.

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti), Vice-President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council (Al-Jazeera)

Correct path

For his part, Lieutenant-General Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo, Commander of the Rapid Support Forces and Vice-President of the Sudanese Sovereign Council said today, Monday, that “the political parties that signed the political agreement pledged to work together to complete the path of democratic correction, and to make the transitional period a success, leading to a government elected by the people.”

He added, during his meeting with Sudanese police officers in Khartoum, that the measures taken on October 25 were to correct the course of the December revolution (2018).

Hemedti called on regional and international partners to support Sudan to achieve democratic transition and hold elections at the end of the transitional period.

For his part, Al-Burhan considered that the political agreement he signed on Sunday with Hamdok paves the way for a transitional period with specific goals.

Addressing officers in the army and the Rapid Support Forces, Al-Burhan said that “the political agreement, which was signed on Sunday, paves the way for a transitional period with specific goals, represented in extending security, addressing people’s livelihood issues, and completing peace requirements while preparing for elections in July 2023.”

release of detainees

Meanwhile, the Sudanese authorities began releasing a number of political detainees they have been holding since October 25.

A spokesman for the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party in Sudan told Al Jazeera that the party’s leader, Ali al-Rih al-Sanhouri, had been released. Al-Jazeera correspondent also said that the leader of the Forces for Freedom and Change Alliance and the head of the Sudanese Congress Party, Omar Al-Digair, was released.

Prior to this release, an informed sovereign source told Al-Jazeera correspondent in Sudan that 4 political detainees had been released.

The source explained that the detainees are the head of the Sudanese Congress Party Omar Al-Digir, Al-Siddiq Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, the assistant head of the Umma Party, Yasser Arman, the advisor to the Prime Minister, and the Secretary of the Baath Socialist Party Ali Al-Sanhouri, stressing that the authorities have initiated the procedures for their release.

International welcome

Internationally, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki hailed the political agreement as an important step in returning to constitutional status.

For its part, the United Nations Integrated Mission to Support Transitional Governance welcomed what it described as a consensus on resolving the constitutional and political crisis that was threatening the stability of the country.

The Troika, the European Union, Switzerland and Canada also welcomed the political agreement and the release of the prime minister, but urged in a joint statement the immediate release of all other political detainees across Sudan, not just in Khartoum.

The statement stressed that the next steps should meet the aspirations of the people through a genuine consultative approach to establish the remaining transitional institutions.

German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrei Zasse also said that Berlin is looking at developments in Sudan with caution and positively evaluating the agreement that has been reached.

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