Sudan.. Hamdok orders the security of the demonstrations and the release of detainees, and the forces of freedom and change agree to form a committee to unify positions

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok issued a decision to secure demonstrations tomorrow, Thursday, and release the rest of the detainees, while party leaders in the “Freedom and Change-Central Council” forces agreed to form a committee to unify positions.

Hamdok’s office said – in a statement today, Wednesday – that “the Prime Minister ordered to secure demonstrations scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, and to initiate procedures for the release of all detainees from the resistance committees, starting today, Wednesday.”

Sudan has witnessed, since October 25, protests against the measures taken by the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on the same day, which included declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, dismissing Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and arresting party leaders and officials, within measures described by political forces as “ Military coup”.

Although Al-Burhan and Hamdok signed a political agreement last Sunday, which includes Hamdok’s return to his position, the formation of a government of competencies, the release of political detainees, and the two parties’ pledge to work together to complete the democratic path, political and civil forces expressed their rejection of the agreement as an “attempt to legitimize the coup,” vowing to continue protests until Achieving full civilian rule.

Demonstrations against Al-Burhan’s decisions continued despite Abdullah Hamdok’s return to head the (European) government

Review appointments and exemptions

In a related context, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers said that Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok will review the appointments and exemptions recently made by the army in key positions in the state, amid demands to release detainees, protect demonstrations, and investigate the events of the killing of demonstrators.

According to the information of the Council of Ministers, Hamdok directed to stop any new appointments to the civil service at the national and state levels.

Hamdok also directed the study and evaluation of appointments and exemptions that have been taken since the dissolution of the government and the previous Sovereign Council on the 25th of last month.

After the army seized power on October 25, the military rulers hired veteran officials from the era of ousted leader Omar al-Bashir, to take up important positions in the state’s administrative apparatus.

Hamdok – who was arrested during the procedures of the Military Council and then returned to his position under an agreement with the army that was reached last Sunday – issued a directive to stop all appointments and exemptions in government jobs.

On the political level, the Office of the Transitional Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, announced that 18 members of the “Forces of Freedom and Change – the Central Council” confirmed their approval of the political agreement that it had completed with the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

According to Hamdok’s statement, this position came after a meeting held yesterday between the two parties, in which they stressed the need to release detainees, protect peaceful demonstrations, and agree on a political charter between the active political forces.

However, the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change – the Central Council denied the news of their meeting with Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.

And she said in a statement she issued at dawn that she did not name anyone to represent her in any meeting with the transitional prime minister on Tuesday, not even during the period of his house arrest, according to what was stated in the statement.

political committee

In a related context, former Sudanese Foreign Minister and Vice President of the National Umma Party, Maryam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, announced today, Wednesday, that the leaders and leaders of parties in the “Freedom and Change-Central Council” coalition agreed to form a committee to unify positions, in light of the divergence of views between them regarding the agreement. Signed last Sunday between Hamdok and Al-Burhan.

“The meeting decided that there should be confidence-building measures, and a committee to unify the position and opinion to be formed in consultation,” Al-Mahdi said in a statement.

She explained that the tasks of this committee are: unifying the forces of freedom and change, drawing up a road map for the remainder of the transitional period, evaluating the previous period and devising possible solutions to get out of the state of political tension and mistrust.

In turn, the Political Secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party, Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatib, said that the party is working to build political alliances, and it now has draft pacts in front of it in order to bring down what he considered a coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Al-Khatib stressed – in a press conference today, Wednesday – that the alliances this time will be a party against a party and open to all forces, including those that participated in the isolated government.

He added that the political declaration between Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok is merely a rotation of the soft landing, and explained that the two men were subjected to external pressures that made them sign.

Invitation to investigate

At a time when the forces rejecting the recent agreement between Hamdok and Al-Burhan are preparing to continue their protests in the Sudanese street, the Sovereignty Council in Sudan called for an investigation into the killing of demonstrators during the protests that took place in the country on November 13 and 17.

These events led to 42 deaths and hundreds of injuries in Khartoum, according to the latest statistics of the (non-governmental) Sudan Doctors Committee.

In turn, the National Umma Party in Sudan called for the formation of an international commission of inquiry into the events that led to the deaths of protesters.

The party indicated that it expects pressure from the international community and its organizations to support the Sudanese street to achieve a full democratic civil transformation, as it put it.

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