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Sudanese people protesting against military agreement with Hamdok (Archives)

Sudanese parties announced, on Sunday, their rejection of any political agreement between the “military component” of the Transitional Sovereignty Council and the ousted Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok.

The National Umma Party (the largest party in the ruling coalition) stated in a statement: “Information was circulated about a political agreement between the military component and the Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok.”

He added, “In view of this situation, the party affirms its declared position by rejecting any political agreement that does not address the roots of the crisis produced by the military coup and its repercussions of killing the revolutionaries, which requires accountability.”

In its statement, the party stressed that it “will not be a party to any agreement that does not meet the aspirations of the revolutionaries and the Sudanese people as a whole,” expressing “confidence in the valiant and victorious resistance.”

In turn, the Sudanese Congress Party (within the ruling coalition), said in a statement, after referring to the news of the agreement, “We announce that we will not participate in any direct negotiations or through representation from the Alliance of Forces of Freedom and Change, and we affirm our previously announced firm position.”

He continued, “Our party’s cadres will continue to work on the ground in the capital and the provinces with the masses of our steadfast and proud people and their living forces to resist the brutal coup d’etat by all the available and known peaceful means until its inevitable downfall.”

For its part, the (independent) Darfur Bar Association said, “Any initiative or bargaining for a settlement between yesterday’s parties to bring Hamdok or others and bypass the demands of the street will not bring results except for more adherence to demands and rights.”

And she explained in a statement that “the solution begins with the establishment of a transitional civilian government system, not agreement on a civilian president and cabinet.”

She added: “Abdullah Hamdouk’s acceptance of any settlement, whatever it may be, legalizes the excesses of the military and the crimes committed, and this is tantamount to transgressing the demands of the street and the revolutionaries.”

And earlier on Sunday, local media in Sudan reported that the military component of the Sovereignty Council had reached an agreement with Hamdok, including his return to the premiership again, and the release of all political detainees.

The agreement included, according to the media, that Hamdok formed a government in consultation with political forces, except for the National Congress Party (formerly ruling under President Omar al-Bashir).

According to the media, the agreement will be officially announced at a later time, after the signing of the terms of the political declaration accompanying the agreement.

Since last October 25, Sudan has been experiencing a severe crisis, as the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency, dissolved the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers and dismissed the governors, after the arrest of party leaders, ministers and officials, in exchange for continuous protests rejecting these measures as a “military coup.”

In return for accusing him of carrying out a military coup, Al-Burhan says that the army is committed to completing the democratic transition process, and that it took measures on October 25 to protect the country from “a real danger,” accusing political forces of “inciting chaos.”

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