SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 5 February 2023, Sunday |

US calls for civilian rule in Sudan after Hamdok quits as premier

The US has urged Sudanese officials to maintain civilian government and put a stop to violence against protestors after Abdalla Hamdok resigned as prime minister, further complicating the transition to elections.

“After PM Hamdok’s resignation, Sudanese leaders must set aside disagreements, achieve consensus, and secure ongoing civilian government,” the US State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs tweeted.

Hamdok, an economist and former UN official generally recognized by the international world, had served as prime minister under a military-civilian power-sharing agreement negotiated after the removal of previous President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

In an October coup, the military dismissed his administration, but he returned a month later under a pact that charged him with creating a technocratic government ahead of the elections in 2023.

On Sunday, Hamdok announced his resignation after failing to reach an agreement to move the transition ahead. He urged for engagement in order to establish a new transition agreement.

Sudanese social media users were divided, with some mourning the passing of a leader who they believed stood out for his knowledge. Others, still enraged by Hamdok’s reappearance after the coup, declared their intention to end military control.

Jibril Ibrahim, a former rebel commander who served as finance minister under Hamdok but supported the military before to the coup, termed his resignation “regrettable.”

“To navigate successfully through these uncertain times, our country needs political compromise now more than ever.” There is enough space for everyone.”

On Sunday, Hamdok announced his resignation after failing to reach an agreement to move the transition ahead. He urged for engagement in order to establish a new transition agreement.

Sudanese social media users were divided, with some mourning the passing of a leader who they believed stood out for his knowledge. Others, still enraged by Hamdok’s reappearance after the coup, declared their intention to end military control.

Jibril Ibrahim, a former rebel commander who served as finance minister under Hamdok but supported the military before to the coup, termed his resignation “regrettable.”

“To navigate successfully through these uncertain times, our country needs political compromise now more than ever.” There is enough space for everyone.”

Hamdok’s resignation occurred just hours after the latest round of anti-military protests. According to physicians allied with the protest movement, at least 57 individuals have been murdered as security forces have sought to suppress or disperse rallies since the Oct. 25 coup. Protests are expected to continue on Tuesday.

Hamdok had been a vital partner for the international community as Sudan strove, with Western support, to emerge from decades of isolation and sanctions imposed by Bashir and to end an economic catastrophe.

According to the US State Department, any new appointments should be made in accordance with the power-sharing agreement reached in 2019.

“Sudan’s next Prime Minister and Cabinet should be nominated in accordance with the constitutional declaration in order to achieve the people’s aims of freedom, peace, and justice,” it stated.

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  • Reuters