Sudan military reinstates prime minister

Sudan's military says it has reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok following last month's coup and he now will form a new Cabinet.

The military chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced a deal on Sunday in which Hamdok will lead a civilian government during a transitional period.

Democracy movements in Sudan toppled an autocratic government in 2019, leading to the establishment of a Cabinet led by Hamdok. But the Cabinet was forced to dissolve in the October coup that saw the military seize power.

Democratic forces have since been staging protests and the United States has suspended economic assistance for Sudan.

Hamdok signed the deal in the capital, Khartoum, at a time of unrest that has seen the military shooting into crowds of protesters, killing and wounding many. He said he accepted the deal to stop the bloodshed of young people and bring back democracy to the country.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the United Nations issued statements welcoming the deal.

But the sovereign council, which is the country's highest decision-making body, remains led by the military.

Major pro-democracy groups are critical of the deal, saying Hamdok has betrayed them. They intend to continue their demonstrations.