Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has this evening announced his resignation as pressure mounts with demonstrations against the recent military coup. Hamdok had first been sacked, before being reinstated.
Reports from Khartoum say that Hamdok had quit, saying discussions towards a new agreement are needed and multiple attempts at mediating had failed.
The Sudan Tribune reported that for several days it was clear that Hamdok would resign as he realized the popular rejection of his deal with Burhan and that he did not get the support of the Forces for Freedom and Change
“I have tried as much as I can to avoid our country from the danger of slipping into disaster,” he said.
According to The Sudan Tribune, Hamdok said he spoke with all the components of the transition about the historical responsibility they have to bear.
Also, he underscored that “the people are the ultimate sovereign authority” and the armed forces have to comply with their will.
The country has been rocked by mass protests, and at least 52 people were killed in 11 large-scale street protests since Oct. 25, 2021, when the general commander of the Sudanese army Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and dissolved the government, a move which triggered a political crisis in the country.
On Nov. 21, Al-Burhan and then removed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a political declaration, which included reinstating Hamdok as prime minister, but the deal has so far failed to calm the street and protesters asked the military to stay out of politics and demanded civilian rule.
The protests were also fuelled by sky-rocketing prices of foods, gases and household essentials in the country.