Sudan’s Prime Minister resigns following widespread protests

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has resigned following another day of mass protests in Khartoum.

Thousands marched in protest of a recent agreement he made to share power with the army, which staged a coup in October.

Protesters chanted “power to the people” and demanded a return to full civilian rule. However, military forces responded with force once more, killing two people.

Mr. Hamdok’s decision to resign gives the army complete control.

It is yet another setback for Sudan’s fragile attempts at democratic transition after a popular uprising in 2019 resulted in the overthrow of Sudan’s long-term authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir.

Mr Hamdok said in a televised address that the country was at a “dangerous turning point that threatens its entire survival.”

He stated that he had done everything possible to keep the country from “sliding into disaster,” but that “despite everything that has been done to reach a consensus… it has not happened.”

After the army staged a coup on October 25 and initially placed Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest, civilian and military leaders reached an uneasy power-sharing agreement.

The agreement reached with Mr Hamdok in November called for the reinstated prime minister to lead a cabinet of technocrats until elections could be held. However, it was unclear how much power the new civilian government would have, and protesters expressed distrust of the military.

On Sunday, thousands of people marched through the streets of Khartoum and Omdurman, chanting and pleading with the military to leave politics alone.

Activists have declared 2022 to be “the year of the continuation of the resistance” on social media.

According to the Sudan Central Doctors’ Committee, more than 50 people have been killed in protests since the coup, including at least two on Sunday.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the coup leader, has defended the October coup, claiming that the army acted to prevent a civil war. Sudan, he says, remains committed to the transition to civilian rule, with elections scheduled for July 2023.

Source BBC
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