Sudan PM Hamdok Resigns amid Mass Protests over Failure to Restore Civilian Government
After thousands of people on Sunday on the streets of the capital Khartoum and the city of Omdurman protested against military involvement in Sudan’s politics, the country’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned for being unable to forge a consensus to bring the civilian transition forward.
Under the agreement reached with him in November, the reinstated Prime Minister was supposed to lead a cabinet of technocrats until elections were held. But it was unclear how much power the new civilian government would have, and protesters said they did not trust the military.
With Hamdok’s decision, the military is now in full control, signaling another blow to the country’s fragile attempts at a transition to democratic rule, after an uprising which led to the overthrow of Sudan’s long-term despot, President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
In a televised address, Hamdok said the country was at a “dangerous turning point that threatens its whole survival” adding that he had tried his best to stop the country from “sliding towards disaster”, but that “despite everything that has been done to reach a consensus… it has not happened”.
Protesters, who have repeatedly chanted “power to the people” have called for a return to full civilian rule. However, the military forces have repelled the move in violent crackdowns that have claimed more than fifty two lives.
Meanwhile, the United States has urged Sudanese leaders to ensure civilian rule and end violence against protesters.
“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 said in a tweet.
The U.S. State Department said any new appointments should follow the power sharing deal struck in 2019.
“Sudan’s next PM and cabinet should be appointed in line with the constitutional declaration to meet the people’s goals of freedom, peace, and justice,” it said.
TOS NEWS reported how Sudan’s military on October 25, 2021 seized power in a coup, arrested leading civilian politicians including the Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and declared a state of emergency as thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Khartoum in opposition.
Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who ousted the government of Abdalla Hamdok, said that he was preventing a ‘civil war.’ In a televised news conference, Burhan stated that the “dangers were in front of us” citing discrimination that would lead to “fragmentation” of the country.