Sudan's prime minister intends to resign within hours: Reports

Mohammed Saad , Tuesday 21 Dec 2021

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamouk intends to resign “in the next few hours,” according to two source who spoke to SkyNewsArabia on Tuesday amid a dispute with the military.

File Photo, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (R) sits next to Sudan s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan at a ceremony that reinstated him as prime minister, in Khartoum, November 21, 2021. AP

The decision comes a month after Hamdouk signed a political deal with the army chief Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan in 21 November.

The deal reinstated Hamdouk as prime minister and released government members and politicians who were arrested in the military coup led by the army chief Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan on 25 October.

Al-Burhan led a military coup that dissolved the government and arrested its members including Hamdouk, dissolved the sovereignty council and froze the constitutional declaration, which was signed in August 2019 and governed the transitional period.

Many factions in the Sudanese political scene refused the politicql deal and took to the streets. Those who oppose the deal say that it gives the army a favourable position in the post-coup situation by keeping Al-Burhan in his place.

A source close to Hamdouk told SkynewsArabia that Hamdouk "intended to resign in two weeks after evaluating the partnership with the military, but the security forces crackdown on protests and the reports of extreme violence and rape against protesters forced him to speed up his resignation.”

On Tuesday the UN human rights office called for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual violence including rape and gang rape during mass anti-coup protests in Sudan earlier this week, a spokeswoman said according to AP.

Several media reports said that Hamdouk's deicsion also comes due to “lack of consensus between all parties.”

Sources told Asharqnews channel that Hamdouk intended to work towards a political consensus in the framework of the political agreement signed in November with the army but “he failed to do so with regard to the political powers”.

Earlier this month a source close to Hamdouk told Reuters that the prime minister will not stay in office “unless there is a consensus between the political powers in the country in the framework of the deal signed with Al-Burhan,”

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