Five days after Sudanese soldiers executed their former military chief, Salim Idris, Salahuddin Bukhari, who lost his post last August, and former prime minister, Saleh Othman, announced an agreement on Thursday to restore Othman’s premiership and release all those arbitrarily detained, according to reports.
In July last year, the head of Sudan’s army and security bureau — Idris — fired Bukhari and Othman from their posts and promoted Osama al-Nour to head the Sudanese army and security bureau. Othman was made prime minister in December.
On March 11, Bashir arrested Nour, a longtime ally of Bashir, along with several other figures on the same day. Nour is now being held at Khartoum’s notorious Intelligence and Security Bureau, and 17 political detainees, who are members of the Sudanese Congress Party, are being held at the same detention center, Bashir has said.
The arrests have sparked protests in Khartoum and resulted in the deaths of at least 10 people. Activists in Khartoum have said that more than 100 demonstrators have been injured.
Bukhari and Othman’s agreement followed a one-hour meeting.
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