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World Anti-coup protesters in Sudan say they won't back down

08:00  01 december  2021
08:00  01 december  2021 Source:   pri.org

Officials: Sudan's military agrees to reinstate ousted PM

  Officials: Sudan's military agrees to reinstate ousted PM CAIRO (AP) — A deal was reached between Sudan's military and civilian leaders to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was deposed in a coup last month, military and government officials said Sunday. The officials also said that government officials and politicians arrested since the Oct. 25 coup will be released as part of the deal between the military and political parties, including the largest Umma Party. Hamdok will lead anThe officials also said that government officials and politicians arrested since the Oct. 25 coup will be released as part of the deal between the military and political parties, including the largest Umma Party.

On Tuesday, thousands of people took to the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, to protest military leaders who took over power in the country last month; dissolved the government; and deposed the civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Thousands of protesters take to the streets to renew their demand for a civilian government in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Nov. 25, 2021. The rallies came just days after the military signed a power-sharing deal with the prime minister, after releasing him from house arrest and reinstating him as head of government. The deal came almost a month after the generals orchestrated a coup. Sudan's key pro-democracy groups and political parties have dismissed the deal as falling short of their demands for a fully civilian rule. © Marwan Ali/AP

Thousands of protesters take to the streets to renew their demand for a civilian government in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Nov. 25, 2021. The rallies came just days after the military signed a power-sharing deal with the prime minister, after releasing him from house arrest and reinstating him as head of government. The deal came almost a month after the generals orchestrated a coup. Sudan's key pro-democracy groups and political parties have dismissed the deal as falling short of their demands for a fully civilian rule.

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The air was filled with tear gas and the deafening blasts of sound grenades deployed by security officials seeking to stop the protesters’ march toward the presidential palace.

For more than a month now, Sudanese young and old across the country have been defying the military through such massive popular protests — undeterred by an aggressive security response that has left more than 40 people dead.

“We’re looking for the overthrowing of the military,” Enough is enough. It’s been 30 years that they’ve been doing this.”

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Maab Khalid , activist and doctor, Khartoum

“We’re looking for the overthrowing of the military,” said 25-year-old doctor and activist Maab Khalid during a recent demonstration in Khartoum. “Enough is enough. It’s been 30 years that they’ve been doing this.”

EXPLAINER: What does PM's reinstatement mean for Sudan?

  EXPLAINER: What does PM's reinstatement mean for Sudan? The reinstatement of Sudan's prime minister after weeks under house arrest was the biggest concession made by the military since its Oct. 25 coup, but it leaves the country's transition to democracy mired in crisis. The military reached a deal with Abdalla Hamdok on Sunday that would reinstate him as the head of a new technocratic Cabinet ahead of eventual elections. But the agreement has angered Sudan's pro-democracy movement, which accuses Hamdok of allowing himself to serve as a fig leaf for continued military rule. Most of the international community has condemned the coup and called for a return to at least partial civilian rule.

While Prime Minister Hamdok was reinstated last weekend in a new deal signed with coup leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, many in Sudan oppose any continued political partnership with the military.

“We are not satisfied by this deal. We don’t want al-Burhan,” said Abdelrahman Omar, a 20-year-old medical student who has also been protesting. “We just want a full civilian government, whether Hamdok included or not.”

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Hamdok has repeatedly said that he signed the deal to end the bloodshed — and protect the social, economic and political gains that Sudan has made since 2019 when massive street protests forced dictator Bashir out of power.

“Taking into consideration the risks involved … The agreement was the only possible settlement [we] can reach” said Nabil Adib, a human rights lawyer in Khartoum who helped broker the deal.

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The deal returns the country to a power-sharing arrangement between military and civilian leaders tasked with transitioning the country to democratic elections.

“What we saw clearly was that this transitional period needs both [the military and civilians ],” Adib continued.

Hamdok has also warned over the past year that fractures within the country’s security forces could lead to chaos.

“When the prime minister speaks about the danger of civil war, he was speaking about realistic danger,” Adib said.

But the deal excluded the broad coalition of political opposition parties, rebel groups and professional organizations who together made up the transitional military-civilian government that formed in 2019.

Now, many of them, along with former government ministers and political leaders, are calling for public outcry.

“I will go out again, and again, and again,” 24-year-old Mohamed Ahmed al-Tayib Ibrahim said from his hospital bed in Khartoum.

He was injured by a tear gas canister during a demonstration last Thursday.

“The Sudanese people don’t want military rule anymore,” Tayib said.

Top Sudan general sees 'positive' signs coup sanctions will be lifted .
Sudan's top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Saturday there are "positive indicators" that measures taken against his country following an October military takeover could soon be lifted. The top general has long insisted the military's move on October 25 "was not a coup" but a step "to rectify the transition".Burhan -- Sudan's de facto leader since the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 -- removed the civilian government and declared a state of emergency on October 25, in a move that upended a two-year transition to civilian rule.

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