Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced last night that he was resigning following his failure to form a new civilian government. This, against the background of the violent demonstrations against the coup that resulted in the deaths of at least 57 people.
Hamdםk’s statement, posted on the Prime Minister’s Office’s YouTube account, came after three protesters were killed by Sudanese security forces during anti-coup demonstrations near the capital yesterday, the Sudanese Central Medical Committee said.
In a televised speech announcing his resignation, Hamdok said he was resigning to make room for the state’s “daughters or sons,” so that questions would complete the transition period. He also praised the Sudanese people for their determination to demand “freedom and justice” during the demonstrations, adding that “you will definitely have a better future with your revolutionary enthusiasm”.
“It is worth mentioning that I received the post of prime minister in August 2019 was on the basis of a constitutional document and political agreement between the civilian and military elements, which I preached as a unique Sudanese model, but this did not survive and no commitment and harmony remained,” Hamdukh said.
Sudan has been ruled by an alliance between the military and civilian groups since 2019. Last October the military disbanded the Joint Sovereignty Council and Transitional Government and temporarily detained the prime minister.
The country’s military commander, General ‘Abd al-Fatah al-Burhan, returned Hamdukh to office in November as part of a deal between the military and civilian leadership.
Under the agreement signed by Hamduk and al-Burhan, Hamduk will once again become the leader of the transitional government, which was first formed after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019.