Sudan army chief and ex-PM make agreement on power deal

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (L) ousted his prime minister at the weekend

The military chief of staff and Sudan’s former prime minister have agreed on a deal for a rapid reinstatement of the premiership, and immediate release of hundreds of political prisoners.

Ali Osman Taha was acting prime minister after a dramatic reshuffle on Sunday that ousted his predecessor Ibrahim Ghandour.

Since Sunday, two former military leaders have taken power in Sudan, strengthening President Omar al-Bashir’s control over the country.

Both men are members of the ruling National Congress Party.

Gen Taha was Mr Bashir’s chief of staff for decades before being charged with treason by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2014. He was eventually freed and allowed to return to Sudan in February 2017.

The UN says about 450 prisoners were detained between 26 January and 31 March under anti-terrorism laws.

Dissatisfaction has been growing over Mr Bashir’s 32-year rule, which has been marked by regular unrest and human rights abuses.

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