Sudan’s reinstated prime-minister, Abdalla Hamdok, said on Monday that maintaining the economic gains from the past two years was among the reasons he had decided to return to his post, under a deal with the military.
“Among the reasons for my return is preserving the economic gains and the economic opening to the world,” Hamdok said.
On Sunday, he signed a deal with the military that reinstated him and freed arrested political detainees nearly a month after he was removed in a coup and placed under house arrest.
As part of the deal, Burhan rescinded his decision to dismiss Hamdok as prime minister.
The Prime Minister’s Office also reported that Hamdok had officially taken up his duties.
I’d like to speak frankly, I don’t have any personal ambitions, to remain a figurehead or to join a particular party or group, or to gain higher popularity. I’m only driven by the responsibility placed on my shoulders. I am guided only by the ambitions and hopes of the Sudanese people”, admitted Abdalla Hamdok, Sudan’s reinstated prime minister.
Since Hamdok was first appointed prime minister in 2019, Sudan has carried out economic reforms including the lifting of fuel subsidies and a managed float of its currency.
The reforms won Sudan approval for forgiveness by the International Monetary Fund on much of its more than $50 billion in foreign debt.
The World Bank and some bilateral donors paused badly needed economic assistance after the military takeover.
“We will continue our contacts with international financial institutions, and the new budget that will begin in January will proceed on the path of economic reform and open the door to investment in Sudan,” Hamdok said.