Sudan's PM Hamdok steps down

Ahram Online , AFP , Sunday 2 Jan 2022

Abdalla Hamdok
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. AFP

Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation in a televised speech on Sunday.

The country has been plunged into turmoil since military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan de facto leader since the ouster of Bashir  launched a military takeover on October 25 and detained Hamdok.

Hamdok was reinstated on November 21, but mass protests have continued as demonstrators distrust veteran general Burhan and his promises of seeking to guide the country toward full democracy.

"I have tried my best to stop the country from sliding towards disaster," he said, addressing the nation.

"In view of the fragmentation of the political forces and conflicts between the (military and civilian) components of the transition... despite everything that has been done to reach a consensus... it has not happened", he said.

Sudan "is crossing a dangerous turning point that threatens its whole survival", he added.

Activists have kept up a more than two-month-long campaign of street demonstrations against the army's takeover, despite a crackdown that has seen at least 53 people killed and hundreds injured in protest-related violence, according to the pro-democracy Doctors' Committee group.

Those rallies have been repeatedly broken up by security forces firing rounds of tear gas, as well as charges by police wielding batons and shooting bullets into the air.

Activists say 2022 will be "the year of the continuation of the resistance" in posts on social media.

They demand both justice for the dozens killed since the coup, as well the more than 250 killed during the mass protests that began in 2019 that paved the way for the toppling of Bashir.

Over 14 million people, one in three Sudanese, will need humanitarian aid next year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the highest level for a decade.

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