More Protests Expected in Sudan Despite Reinstatement of Prime Minister

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Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok has been reinstated in a deal with the military, after weeks of unrest sparked by the coup. Despite the military promising to release all political prisoners, the protesters have vowed to continue demonstrating for democracy.

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Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok got his power back to continue the country’s political transformation. He was placed under house arrest since 25 October when the army overthrew his government and arrested some politicians.

Human rights activist Sulayma al-Khalifa in Sudan said the current deal had not changed the situation on the ground.

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“We didn’t expect it. It was surprise and shock. We fear that there is a lot of pressure, Hamdok is under pressure because it is not even logical and what he has done is not even logical according to the serious incident. Because people The abuse of rights of the people is still going on. From 25th onwards we have no state,” she said.

A teenager was shot dead during a protest in the city of Omdurman on Sunday, according to a group of pro-democracy Sudanese doctors. The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said 41 people had died since the coup.

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Jonas Horner, a senior analyst on Sudan affairs at the International Crisis Group, said the prime minister would have less power after Sunday’s political deal in Khartoum.

“It appears that Hamdok has returned to power under some pressure. He has calculated that he will be inside a process that now appears to be solidly controlled by the military, rather than out of the coup d’état on 25 October. The military relied on bringing back Hamdok was their dominant strategic approach. The Hamdok military brings a level of credibility to the government,” Horner said.

Some in Sudan see Hamdok as a political hero for standing up to the military before and after the coup.

In this photo provided by the Sudan Transitional Sovereign Council, Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, center left, and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok hold documents during a ceremony to reinstate Hamdok.

Horner predicts that sentiment on the streets will change drastically and Hamdok will find himself in a difficult political situation.

“He will find himself too little popular with the street and he will find himself too short in power that he will need to turn it back in the direction of the constituencies on the streets, for which he should really insist on the army and the street. Relations between them will only worsen. The military has shown its cards, it is clearly not seeking to complete the transition that the people called for during the Sudanese revolution in 2018-2019,” Horner said.

In December 2018, Sudanese took to the streets demanding good governance and respect for the rule of law. Street protests eventually ousted former president Omar al-Bashir from power after 30 years in office.

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