Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets of the capital of Khartoum, again demanding the establishment of a civilian government
A few days ago, the military signed a new power-sharing agreement with the prime minister, lifting his house arrest and reinstating his head of government. After the generals planned the takeover of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and detained dozens of politicians and activists, the deal was concluded nearly a month.
Hamdock’s reinstatement is the military’s biggest concession since the October 25 coup, but it put the country’s transition to democracy into crisis. The main democratic groups and political parties in Sudan have rejected the agreement, believing that the agreement does not meet their requirements for full civil rule.
Since the military toppled long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, Sudan has been struggling with the transition to a democratic government.
Protesters marched in Khartoum on Thursday, beating drums and waving the Sudanese flag. Many people chanted: “The people want to overthrow the regime” and “Woe to the army!”
The Sudanese Professionals Association was the first uprising organization that led to Bashir’s step down. The organization called for a rally and vowed to continue protests until “the corrupt military government is overthrown and prosecuted for their crimes.”
The agreement that Hamdock signed with the military on Sunday envisages an independent technocratic cabinet, led by the prime minister, until new elections are held. However, despite Hamdock’s claim that he will have the power to appoint ministers, the government will remain under military supervision.
The agreement angered the democratic movement in Sudan, which accused Hamdok of allowing himself to act as a fig leaf for continued military rule.
The agreement also provides for the release of all political prisoners arrested after the October 25 coup. So far, several ministers and politicians have been released. The number of people still detained is still unknown.
On Wednesday, Hamdok told a local Sudanese TV channel that unless everyone is released, “the deal will be worthless.”
Since the coup, protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets to participate in the largest demonstrations since the demonstrations that ended Bashir’s rule. According to militant groups, Sudanese security forces have killed more than 40 demonstrators.