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Sudan’s prime minister resigns amid deadlock, anti-coup protests

"Despite everything I have done to bring about the desired and necessary agreement to fulfil our promise to the citizens of security, peace, justice and an end to bloodshed, this did not happen"

January 3, 2022 at 9:08 am

Sudan’s prime minister resigned Sunday amid a political deadlock and nationwide pro-democracy protests that led to a violent backlash by security organs.

In a televised address, Abdalla Hamdok admitted that the partnership between the military and the civilian leadership had failed to lead to the transition and establishment of the basis for civilian rule and democratic transformation.

“I accepted the post of prime minister in August 2021 based on the constitutional declaration and political consensus between the military and civilian components, a model that I commended at several events. But it failed to continue with the same harmony when it began,” Hamdok said in his address to the nation.

“I tried my best to lead our country to avoid the dangers of sliding towards a disaster, and now our nation is currently passing through a dangerous turning point that may threaten its survival,” he warned.

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“I said to our national army including the military, Rapid Support Forces, police, and intelligence service that the nation is the highest sovereign power and the military belongs to it, working under the command of the nation to secure its life, unity, and territories,” he added.

Hamdok’s resignation comes amid a crisis and nationwide protests against a coup staged by the military on 25 October last year.

Hamdok signed a deal with the military on 21 November to rescue the country’s transition period and return to the constitutional declaration, part of which was suspended by the coup.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, the Sudan Doctors Committee reported that security forces had killed two anti-coup protesters in the city of Omdurman, near the capital, Khartoum.

The committee which is part of the pro-democracy movement said the security forces violently dispersed pro-democracy protesters, adding that as of Sunday as many as 56 protesters had been killed since 25 October 2021, including 13 protesters since 21 November when Army Commander, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok signed a political agreement.