Sudan’s Prime Minister Resigns Over Power-Sharing Deal With Military

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Abdalla Hamdok, the Prime Minister of Sudan, has resigned. Mr Hamdok’s resignation comes six weeks after his reinstatement, in line with an agreement with the military that overthrew the government in October last year.

Mr Hamdok announced that he was stepping aside in a televised address on Sunday evening, noting that repeated mediation attempts had failed and that Sudan needed new plans towards 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,” Mr Hamdok said.

His resignation followed Sudanese security forces violently dispersing the pro-democracy protesters against the October 25 military coup. According to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, three people were reportedly killed during the military intervention.

Protests seeing thousands of citizens had broken out in the streets of Khartoum and other cities to oppose and condemn the military takeover, and the following deal that saw Mr Hamdok’s reinstatement. Security officers responded to the demonstrations with heavy force, armed with tear gas, rubber, and live bullets.

After four weeks of house arrest, Mr Hamdok was removed from office in a coup last October, only to return to office in late November. He was reinstated only after he signed a new power-sharing agreement with the military leaders who had deposed him in the first place.

Mr Hamdok and Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the army chief, signed a 14-point agreement including commitments to release all political detainees and preserve the nation’s path toward democracy.

Mr Hamdok was to lead Sudan through a transitional period of three years to hold free elections. Under his leadership, he had succeeded in banning female genital mutilation and helping to get Sudan removed from a United States list of state sponsors of terrorism.