Asmaa Al-Hussaini (Cairo, Khartoum)
Yesterday, Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk, instructed the police to secure the demonstrations scheduled to be held in Sudan today, to protest the political agreement he signed with the President of the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and directed the police to begin releasing detainees during the protests in the last weeks of Resistance committees in the capital and the states. During the meeting, Hamdok was briefed with the Deputy Director-General of the Police Forces, Al-Sadiq Ali Ibrahim, and the Khartoum State Police Director, Zain Al-Abidin Othman, about the preparations of the police forces to secure the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers said that Hamdok will review the appointments and exemptions that the army recently made in key positions in the state, after the army seized power on October 25.
Leading sources in the Forces for Freedom and Change told the Union: Most of these positions were held by elements of the regime of ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, and they are important positions in the state’s administrative apparatus, and that if Hamdok succeeds in stopping these appointments, in addition to releasing detainees and protecting demonstrators, It will restore the confidence of the angry street, which did not want to continue demonstrating, and it will be able to win a significant part of the leaders of the forces of freedom and change.
And earlier, Hamdok said in a meeting with members of the Central Command Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change: An investigation has been opened into the violations that have taken place against the demonstrators since last October 25, as 41 people were killed in demonstrations against the measures announced by the President of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan 25 from last month.
The Sudanese Prime Minister met with eighteen members of the Central Leadership Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change, according to the state-run Sudan News Agency.
The meeting discussed the political crisis in the country, and the political agreement between the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Sovereignty Council, and the delegation expressed their approval of the political agreement and their support for the Prime Minister, but the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change denied that Hamdok had met or delegated anyone to meet him, and at the same time, the leaders of the political parties decided The “Forces of Freedom and Change” formed a committee to unify the position on the political agreement between Al-Burhan and Hamdok.
For his part, Al-Burhan announced that he will retire from politics and retire from service after handing over power to civilians in the elections to be held in Sudan in 2023, pointing out that the political agreement he signed with Hamdok allows for the restoration of the democratic transformation agenda in Sudan.
In Cairo, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, expressed the League’s support for the political agreement in Sudan, and its continued support for the transitional process in Sudan until it reaches its aspired end.
This came in two phone calls that Aboul Gheit had with Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Dr. Abdullah Hamdouk.
Yesterday, an official source in the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States revealed that Aboul Gheit assured both Al-Burhan and Hamdok that the League stood by the Sudanese government and people and welcomed the steps that would restore understanding between the civilian and military components in the transitional phase.