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Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets of the capital Khartoum to renew their demand for civilian government

The protests came just days after the military signed a new power-sharing agreement with the prime minister, after releasing him from house arrest and reinstating him as head of government. The deal came nearly a month after generals orchestrated the takeover that toppled Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and arrested dozens of politicians and activists.

Hamdok’s reinstatement was the biggest concession made by the military since its October 25 coup, but leaves the country’s transition to democracy mired in crisis. Sudan’s main pro-democracy groups and political parties have rejected the deal as falling short of their demands for a fully civilian regime.

Sudan has struggled with its transition to democratic government since the military overthrew longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019, following a mass uprising against three decades of his rule.

Protesters marched through Khartoum on Thursday, beating drums and waving Sudanese flags. Many chanted: “The people want to overthrow the regime” and “Woe to the military!

The Sudanese Professionals Association, the group behind the uprising that resulted in al-Bashir’s ousting, called for rallies and pledged to continue the protests until “the corrupt military junta is over. overthrown and prosecuted for his crimes ”.

The deal Hamdok signed with the military on Sunday contemplates an independent technocratic cabinet headed by the prime minister until new elections are held. However, the government would still remain under military control although Hamdok claimed he would have the power to appoint ministers.

The deal angered the Sudanese pro-democracy movement, which accuses Hamdok of allowing himself to serve as a fig leaf to maintain the military regime.

The agreement also stipulates that all political detainees arrested in the wake of the October 25 coup must be released. So far, several ministers and politicians have been released. The number of people still detained remains unknown.

Hamdok told a local Sudanese television station on Wednesday that unless all are released, “the deal will be worthless.”

Since the coup, demonstrators have taken to the streets several times in the biggest protests since those that ended al-Bashir’s rule. Sudanese security forces have killed more than 40 protesters, activist groups say.

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