Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Resigns

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned on Jan. 2 evening, less than two months after being reinstated as part of a political agreement with the military.

“I announce my resignation from the post of prime minister. I leave this position to other sons and daughters of my homeland so that they can continue to govern the dear homeland and live out with it what remains of the transitional period toward a civil, democratic state,” Hamdok said in a televised address.

“I have tried my best to stop the country from sliding towards disaster,” Hamdok said, warning that Sudan “is crossing a dangerous turning point that threatens its whole survival.”

Hamdok said that a roundtable discussion was needed for a new agreement on Sudan’s political transition to democracy.

Hamdok’s resignation came amid massive anti-military protests that have killed at least 57 people since the coup on Oct. 25.

Hamdok, an economist and a former United Nations official, became prime minister under an agreement between the military and civilians, following the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

The military arrested and placed Hamdok under house arrest during the coup. He was reinstated on Nov. 21 after reaching an agreement with the military to install a civilian cabinet that will be subject to military oversight.


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