Day’s Events: Hamdok pens deal with al-Burhan

Amid widespread public disapproval, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok penned a partnership deal with the leader of the 25th October coup d’etat, Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, reinstating the former as the Prime Minister of Sudan once more.

AlTaghyeer: Khartoum

Abdallah Hamdok, who had been detained ever since the 25th of last October, was announced to have been released today, Sunday; a day which had also witnessed planned demonstrations across the Khartoum area.

Internet services, which have been blocked since the 25th and brought back on the 18th of November – a day after the massacre in Omdurman – brought  the protesters around Khartoum news of the Prime Minister’s release and his anticipated signing of a deal with the leader of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

The deal was set to overturn al-Burhan’s decision made on the 25th of October that had, among other things, relieved Prime Minister Hamdok of his duties.

The Prime Minister and the commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces penned a partnership deal amid jeers and chants from the Sudanese protesters who disavowed Hamdok instantly.

The Sudanese Journalists Network released a statement renouncing the deal, calling it “a betrayal of the revolution and the blood of those who died for it” and a “forgery”.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, the body orchestrating the 2019 Sudanese revolution, also renounced the deal, dubbing it as the “political suicide of Dr. Abdallah Hamdok”.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the deal, announcing its hopes for the agreement to “represent a step forward towards Sudan’s stability”.

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) also released similar statement welcoming the newly penned agreement.

Streets Disavow Deal, Hamdok, Coup

Reports continued of government forces using excessive force to crack down on protesters who had initially took to the streets today to protest al-Burhan’s coup d’etat, before directing an equal share of their anger towards Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah Hamdok as well.

Eyewitness accounts described regular forces using tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesters, with yet-to-be-confirmed reports of deaths having taken place.

Protests in Sudan have been constantly escalating ever since the 25th of October, and a reported 40 deaths have occurred ever since that day.

On the 17th of November, the anti-coup rallies witnessed the highest recorded death toll, with 15 people having reportedly been gunned down by regular forces during the protests.

In light of the heavy deaths that plagued the Sudanese capital in the past few weeks, the protesters and the bodies responsible for organizing and orchestrating protest marches and “revolutionary activities” have ruled out any possibility of them accepting any form of partnership with the military council, and announced a full “revolutionary schedule” designed to topple the military rule in Sudan once and for all.

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