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Sudan prime minister resigns

​Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdullah Hamduk, announced that he resigned from his post due to the political crisis not being resolved despite the efforts for reconciliation in the middle of the military and civilian components of the transition period.

Making a statement on state television, Hamduk said, “I have decided to submit my resignation by handing over the trust in order to pave the way for the people of Sudan and to give luck to the other members of this noble country.”

Stating that the transitional government faced great difficulties, especially in the economy, Hamduk said that they tried to overcome all these difficulties from the first day.

Hamduk said, “Our approach to the analysis of all problems has always been dialogue and consensus. We have succeeded in some areas and failed in others. We have made an effort to save our country from international isolation, to remove it from the list of states that support terrorism, and to bring it back to the international community.”

Stating that he offered several attempts to analyze the political crisis in the country, but could not get any results, Hamduk said:

“The political agreement signed with Army Commander Abdulfettah al-Burhan on November 21 was in this direction. The political agreement with the military component was an attempt to re-establish the path of civil democratic transformation. I signed the political agreement to prevent bloodshed and to ensure the release of political prisoners. “I did my best not to be dragged along. The Sudanese revolution is advancing towards its goals. Victory is inevitable.”

“The country is passing through a dangerous turning point that threatens its very survival”

Mentioning that the country has passed through a dangerous turning point that threatens its survival, Hamduk said that he met with all political and military parties to find a solution to the political crisis, but despite all his efforts, he could not get results.

“With the Constitutional Declaration of August 2019, I accepted the post of prime minister based on the consensus between the military and civilian parties. This is a model that I appreciate, but it did not continue with the same harmony and commitment as when it started. ‘ he said.

Addressing the Armed Forces, Hamduk invited, “The people are the last owner of power. You have to go by the people’s decision.”

Also thanking the countries that support Sudan, Hamduk emphasized that the country is rich with underground and aboveground resources and invited investors from various fields to invest.

The key word of the analysis; dialogue

Noting that the current crisis is a political crisis, Hamduk continued as follows:

“Our country has a structural problem in the midst of its political, civil and military components. These are issues that may arise after the collapse of dictatorship regimes and the end of civil wars. The key word for the analysis of this stalemate, which has been going on for more than 60 years in the country’s history, is dialogue.”

First reflections on the resignation of the Prime Minister

Darfur Region Leader Küçük Arko Minawi said in a statement on his Twitter account, “Hamduk’s resignation is one of the manifestations of the accumulated political and social crisis that the political forces cannot understand. In his speech, Hamduk said that the reasons behind his resignation are a political incompatibility that needs to be understood. There is still a long way to go, We have no other remedy than dialogue and accepting each other.”

The process leading to the resignation of the prime minister

The 30-year period of Omar al-Bashir ended with the intervention of the army on April 11, after the demonstrations that started in Sudan on 19 December 2018 due to the high cost of living turned into a regime setback across the country.

Soldiers and civilians signed the Constitutional Declaration on 17 August 2019 that would end the political crisis and initiate a joint transitional administration.

Prime Minister Hamduk, chosen by the Freedom and Change Forces coalition, was sworn in on 21 August and formed the first government of the transitional era on 5 September.

As a result of the struggle for power and important disagreements between the army and the civilian administration, the military seized the administration on October 25, declared a state of disbelief, dissolved the government, and detained dozens of politicians and activists, including Prime Minister Hamduk.

The military’s non-compliance with agreements, its unilateral decisions, and the disproportionate use of force by the security forces against peaceful demonstrators demanding civil administration had been the subject of constant controversy amid the military and civilian wing of the transitional administration.

In order to end the administrative crisis, a political agreement was signed with Army Commander Abdulfettah El Burhan on 21 November in the middle of Hamduk, who was reinstated to form a technocrat government.

Those who reacted to the military coup and the political treaty launched indefinite demonstrations across the country, demanding that the government be completely handed over to civilians.

While the demonstrators demanded the return of the soldiers to the barracks and a full civilian administration, the army stated that the shows in their current form would not contribute to the political analysis and would continue to be a partner in power until the elected government was formed in July 2023.

In Sudan, 57 people lost their lives as a result of the intervention of the security forces in the protest shows held with the demand of civil administration since 25 October 2021, when the army took over the administration.

Hamduk gave signals of resignation last week after the unrest at the grassroots level, the expectations of the international community, the military’s repression, the mass protests that lasted for months, and finally the ineffectiveness of the political treaty.

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