Sudan’s Hamdok resigns as Prime Minister amid mass protests

Abdalla Hamdok steps down as mass protests continue against a deal he signed with the military following a coup on October 25.

In a televised speech, Hamdok says a roundtable discussion was needed to come to a new agreement for Sudan's political transition to democracy [File: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters]

KHARTOUM, SUDAN: Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has this evening announced his resignation as pressure mounts with demonstrations against the recent military coup. Hamdok had first been sacked, before being reinstated.

Reports from Khartoum say that Hamdok had quit, saying discussions towards a new agreement are needed and multiple attempts at mediating had failed.

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The Sudan Tribune reported that for several days it was clear that Hamdok would resign as he realized the popular rejection of his deal with Burhan and that he did not get the support of the Forces for Freedom and Change

In his resignation speech, Hamdok said a roundtable discussion is needed to agree on a new “national charter” and to “draw a road map” to complete Sudan’s transition to democracy.

“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.

According to The Sudan Tribune, Hamdok said he spoke with all the components of the transition about the historical responsibility they have to bear.

Also, he underscored that “the people are the ultimate sovereign authority” and the armed forces have to comply with their will.

The country has been rocked by mass protests, and at least 52 people were killed in 11 large-scale street protests since Oct. 25, 2021, when the general commander of the Sudanese army Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government, a move which triggered a political crisis in the country.

On Nov. 21, Al-Burhan and then removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a political declaration, which included reinstating Hamdok as prime minister, but the deal has so far failed to calm the street and protesters asked the military to stay out of politics and demanded civilian rule.

The protests were also fuelled by sky-rocketing prices of foods, gases and household essentials in the country.

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