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In Sudan, the returning Prime Minister, another death among the anti-coup

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At the presidential palace, in front of which the security forces fired tear gas to disperse the protesters shouting No to military power and demanding that the armed forces completely withdraw from government, Mr. Hamdok and General Burhane, perpetrator of the October 25 coup, signed to the press a deal promising to put the democratic transition back on track.

They thus meet all the conditions set by the international community to restore its support to the Sudan. But, immediately warned theUN, all Sudanese actors must now act constructively and in good faith to restore […] the transition.

For their part, the organizations that led the 2019 revolt that ended 30 years of the military-Islamist dictatorship of General Omar al-Bashir, said their refusal to the agreement of traitors who only bind their signatories, in the words of the Sudanese Professionals Association. The spearhead of the 2019 protest accuses Mr. Hamdok of political suicide.

While since October 25, the Sudanese have taken to the streets several times by tens of thousands to demand the return of civil power, new processions marched on Sunday in several cities.

Demonstration in Khartoum

Sudanese demonstrators calling for a return to civilian rule.

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A teenager was shot and killed on the outskirts of Khartoum, medics say many gunshot wounds.

We don’t want a partnership with the army, insists in spite of everything Mohammed Farouq, who parades in Khartoum. We want a civilian state only, that the soldiers return to their barracks and that those who killed demonstrators be judged, he told AFP.

Despite the crackdown that has already left 41 dead and hundreds injured since the putsch, doctors say protesters have continued to chant Burhane clears by the thousands in Khartoum and its suburbs, in Port-Sudan or even in Atbara (north), in a country almost continuously under military dictatorship since its independence 65 years ago.

After weeks of holding up photos of Mr. Hamdok, demanding the return of the only ruler legitimate in their eyes, this Sunday, they tore his portrait to cries of Hamdok, you’re just a coward, the street is very much alive.

Hamdok has abandoned the people. This agreement does not represent us, assures AFP Mohammed Abdelnabi, who is demonstrating in Khartoum.

Tires burned during a demonstration in Khartoum.

In Khartoum, tires were burned by demonstrators demanding a return to civilian rule.

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After the solemn signing of the document, Mr. Hamdok promised in a short speech and his first public appearance since the putsch of stop the bloodshed first.

This agreement opens the door wide to the resolution of all the challenges of the transition, he said again.

General Burhane, who promised free and transparent electionshe has it thanked for his patience, while the former UN economist did not regain his freedom of movement until Sunday morning after about a month of house arrest.

He must now form a new cabinet after this agreement also providing for the release of the civilian leaders arrested on October 25. Future ministers will be technocrats, indicates the text signed Sunday.

Since the putsch, Western ambassadors, UN or African negotiators and figures from Sudanese civil society had increased meetings with civilians and soldiers to relaunch the transition supposed to lead to free elections in 2023.

The Sudanese army’s major Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, have welcomed the deal.

United States encouraged by agreement

The United States is encouraged by this agreement, declared for his part the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken, while calling on the Sudanese security forces to refrain from using excessive force against peaceful protesters.

People take part in a funeral procession for a Sudanese protester in the capital Khartoum on November 20, 2021.

The streets are still going strong in Khartoum almost a month after the military coup.

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The African Union, which suspended Sudan after the putsch, welcomed an important step towards the return to constitutional order, while Norway, a member of the Troika maneuvering in Sudan, welcomed the return of Mr. Hamdok and called for concrete measures to build trust.

But as on the first day of the putsch, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), the main pro-civil bloc in Sudan which General Burhane had erased all mention of the texts framing the transition, reiterated that there is no negotiation or partnership with the putschists.

And to add to the imbroglio, the Umma party, from which Fadlallah Burma came, one of the mediators who wrested the agreement from the army and Mr. Hamdok, affirmed refuse any political agreement that does not attack the roots of the crisis created by the military putsch.

On November 11, General Burhane had reappointed to the head of the Sovereignty Council, the highest authority of the transition, after having replaced the pro-civil members there by apolitical civilians.

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