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Sudanese military official claims prime minister agreed to coup in advance

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Sudan's top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (L) and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok lift documents during a deal-signing ceremony in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on November 21, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

A senior military official in Sudan has accused the country's reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of having knowingly participated in the military coup last month that briefly removed him from power and sparked deadly protests.

On October 25, Sudan's military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ousted the government of Prime Minister Hamdok and declared a state of emergency. He also announced initially that Hamdok was in custody in the military chief's house.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy head of Sudan's governing sovereign council, claimed in an interview with Al Jazeera on Friday that the prime minister had been "completely agreeable" to the coup and that the military "did not make such a move on our own."

"What happened on October 25 was the ultimate outcome of a long process," Dagalo said. "Many discussions were made, and many initiatives proposed."

"The prime minister himself proposed two initiatives during the meetings. We were left with three options, the best of which was the move we took, and it was completely agreeable to the prime minister himself," he added.

Hamdok, who has been reinstated as part of a deal with the military chief, has previously claimed he had known nothing about the coup. On Sunday, the prime minister appeared with the military chief at a signing ceremony in the presidential palace, where they signed an agreement under which Hamdok again became the leader of the transitional government, which was first established after the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Hamdok and al-Burhan also agreed on sharing power between the civilian and military leaderships, and the release of political detainees who were jailed following the coup.

The prime minister said on Wednesday that he had partnered with the military to "stop the bloodshed" and to "not squander the gains of the last two years." Activists, however, accused him of "betrayal" and vowed to maintain pressure on the military-civilian authority.

His deal with the military has sparked angry protests in the capital, Khartoum, its twin city, Omdurman, and several other cities, with protesters calling for the "downfall of the regime" and the establishment of a civilian government.

Protesters believe the recent deal blocks the path toward full civilian rule in the country.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse people in Omdurman as well as in the central state of North Kordofan and in North Darfur, according to witnesses.

Protesters said they were rallying also to pay tribute to the 42 people killed in the brutal crackdown against anti-coup protesters.


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