Hamdok Resigns: Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said he would step down. Just hours before the announcement, thousands of protesters took to the streets in the capital Khartoum. Three unarmed protesters were killed by the coup forces.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said he would step down from his role. The move comes less than two months after he was reinstated following a military coup.
“I decided to give back the responsibility and announce my resignation as prime minister, and give a chance to another man or woman of this noble country to … help it pass through what’s left of the transitional period to a civilian democratic country,” Hamdok said in a televised address.
Hours before the announcement, thousands of protesters took to the streets in the capital calling on the military to stop interfering in the transition.
Hamdok’s decision comes amid stunted attempts to carry out a democratic transition in the country. He has called for a roundtable discussion to table a new agreement on how this can be achieved.
“I have tried my best to stop the country from sliding towards disaster,” he said, addressing the nation.
“In view of the fragmentation of the political forces and conflicts between the (military and civilian) components of the transition … despite everything that has been done to reach a consensus … it has not happened,” he said.
Sudan “is crossing a dangerous turning point that threatens its whole survival”, he added.
Hamdok had got the military to agree to elections in 2023, but rumors of his possible resignation began to circulate after local media reported that he had not been in his office for days.
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The resignation of Sudan’s prime minister leaves the military in full command and threatens a return to the repressive policies of the ousted regime of strongman Omar al-Bashir.
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“Hamdok’s resignation has left the military in sole command of the country,” said Magdi al-Gizouli of think-tank the Rift Valley Institute.
Military leaders worked hard to persuade him to come back after the coup, and it is unclear what other more or less suspect figures they might call on next.
United States urges civilian rule after Sudan’s PM quits. “After PM Hamdok’s resignation, Sudanese leaders should set aside differences, find consensus and ensure continued civilian rule,” the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs tweeted.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Volker Perthes regrets Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s decision to step down. Perthes respects the Prime Minister’s decision and commends the accomplishments made under Dr. Hamdok’s leadership. As well as the significant achievements he made during the first phase of the transitional period.
Perthes remains concerned by the ongoing political crisis following the military coup. Which risks further derailing progress made since the December revolution. He urges the security forces to abide by their obligations under international law and strictly uphold the rights of protestors to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. He also add: Perpetrators of violence must be brought to justice.
Moreover, I think al-Burhan has lost all dignity, honor and identity.
He is an enemy of God, the Sudanese, and the humanity.