Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok announced his resignation on Sunday amid a political deadlock following the military coup and widespread pro-democracy protests. Hamdok, a former UN official, was considered a public figure in Sudan’s devolution government. He was reappointed to his post in an agreement after the military coup in October.
He failed to form his cabinet at the time, and now his resignation has plunged Sudan into political uncertainty amid security and economic challenges. Hamdok, in a televised address to the nation on Sunday, called for talks to agree a “national manifesto” and “draw a draft” to restore democracy in line with the 2019 constitutional document for the period of transfer of power.
‘I have decided to resign’
“I have decided to resign from the post of Prime Minister,” he said. He said leaving his post would give an opportunity to another person to lead the nation and restore democracy in the country. However, he did not announce the name of his successor. The prime minister said his efforts to bridge the growing gap between political forces and settle disputes had failed.
He cautioned that the ongoing political stalemate since the military coup could turn into a major crisis and damage the country’s already troubled economy. He said, ‘I tried my best to save my country from a great calamity. Now, our nation is passing through a dangerous juncture and if immediate steps are not taken to deal with this situation, its very existence may be in danger.
Supporters of democracy rejected the proposal of military cabinet
Significantly, amid international pressure, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok was reinstated in the post under an agreement last month. Under the agreement, an independent cabinet was proposed in the country under the oversight of the army under the leadership of Hamdok. However, this agreement was rejected by pro-democracy agitators and demanded a completely separate government with a change.