Muhammad Abd al-Salam, a professor of engineering at the University of East Kordofan, said: “We were looking forward to the military leaving power and giving the civil forces an opportunity to reshape political life, but the agreement was disappointing. It restored legitimacy to the military and granted inadequate power to Hamdok, which we completely reject.”
Meanwhile, two university administrators resigned in protest of the agreement. Mohamed El-Amin Ahmed Mohamed, director of Al Neelain University, announced his resignation in a letter to Hamdok. He wrote: “Now, after your appointment by the coup leadership in what is called the political agreement, I no longer have the honour to work with you.”
Fadwa Abdel Rahman, vice chancellor of the University of Khartoum, also announced her resignation. In a statement dated November 21, she wrote: “My resignation comes in protest against the assault on students in the Al-Wasat compound (at University of Khartoum), after forces in military uniform violated the campus.”
However, she later retracted her resignation when faculty members demanded her return to organise the resumption of students’ courses.
Peaceful Protests Continue
Zainab Al-Hawari, a third-year chemistry student at Al Neelain University, said it was hard to bear that students had been killed or injured in the protests. She told Al-Fanar Media that she saw the need to return to study, but without giving up peaceful protests.
The University of Khartoum’s professors’ initiative also rejected the power-sharing agreement and supported peaceful protests against it “to achieve the goals of the revolution.”
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Protests also continued at the Universities of Shendi, Al Fashir and Bahri.
The five students known to have been killed in the protests were identified as Othman Mohamed, from Al Neelain University’s Faculty of Science and Technology; Muhammad Adam Haroun and Sett Al-Nafour Ahmed Bakour, from the College of Nursing; and Muhammad Anwar Al-Siddiq Abdullah and Louay Taj Asir, graduates of the College of Education.