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Sudan in Dire Straits

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Free from house arrest, the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Khamdok and Lieutenant General Abdel Fatakh Al Burkhan have signed an agreement at a public ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum in order to put an end to the political crisis in the country which has lasted for a month. In accordance with the agreement, Khamdok’s position to the Prime Ministerial post has been reinstated. The 14-paragraph political agreement provides for strict adherence to the country’s 2019 constitutional declaration pending amendments by consensus of all forces of the revolution, the release of all ministers and politicians arrested since October 25, the formation of a non-partisan technocratic cabinet, and a transparent investigation into all crimes connected with murder. Khamdok stated, “we will work on the creation of a lasting democratic system for Sudan.” Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Al Burkhan vowed to “preserve the transition and spare the blood of the Sudanese people.”

However, the main civilian bloc, which led protests against former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and signed a 2019 power-sharing agreement with the military, rejected the agreement. “We reaffirm our clear and previously stated position that there is no negotiation, no partnership, no legitimacy for a coup,” the main Forces for Freedom and Change faction said in a statement. Sudanese security forces fired tear gas on hundreds of protesters who protested last month’s military coup and subsequent crackdown, which killed more than 40 people.

Egypt, alarmed by the situation in Sudan, was one of the first to welcome the agreement and commended the “wisdom and sense of responsibility shown by the Sudanese parties to reach an agreement that ensures the success of the transition period in the best interests of Sudan.” In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the hope that the November 21 agreement would be “a step towards achieving sustainable stability in Sudan and thereby contribute to the development and prosperity of the........

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