The Return of Sudan’s Prime Minister Won’t Pacify Protests
MIN READNov 22, 2021 | 21:03 GMT
Sudan’s military chief (left) and prime minister show documents during a deal-signing ceremony in Khartoum on Nov. 21, 2021.
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The reinstatement of Sudan’s civilian prime minister will not be enough to satisfy the pro-democracy protest movement, which will continue to destabilize the already fragile country. On Nov. 21, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was released from house arrest and subsequently reinstated to his post as part of a deal with Sudan’s military chief and leader of the Oct. 25 coup, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan. Under the deal, Hamdok will lead a technocratic civilian cabinet that will continue facilitating Sudan’s democratic transition as planned, including organizing elections before July 2023. Hamdok publicly stated that his cooperation with Burhan was aimed at preventing additional casualties amid ongoing protests in Khartoum and Omdurman, which have resulted in 41 civilian deaths since the Oct. 25 coup. Despite this, however, pro-democracy protesters from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) have condemned the agreement, calling the prime minister a traitor and a sellout. ...