The resignation of a number of Sudanese government ministers… Pressure on Hamdok or a legitimization of the status quo?

Khartoum- “It is up to you to take the decision you deem appropriate,” this is how Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok responded to the mass resignations of 12 of his government ministers, who were dismissed by a decision of the army chief, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, according to what was specified by the resigned Minister of Labor, Tayseer. Al-Noorani Al-Jazeera Net.

The ministers who assumed the position nominated by the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change eight months ago, handed in their written resignations to Hamdok, the day after he signed a political agreement with Al-Burhan, describing it in a joint statement to them as a legitimization of the coup authority.

On the other hand, Trade Minister Ali Gedo had reservations about the move, and said – in statements to several press observatories – that his reservation was due to professional assessments, as he is independent and does not belong to a political entity.

list and absence

The list of the resigned included: Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Mansoura Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi, Minister of Justice Nasr El-Din Abdel Bari, Minister of Agriculture Taher Harbi, Minister of Irrigation Yasser Abbas, Minister of Investment Hadi Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Energy Jaden Ali Al-Obeid, Minister of Higher Education Intisar Saghiroun, and Minister of Labor Tayseer Al-Noorani, Minister of Transport Mirghani Musa, Minister of Health Omar Najib, Minister of Youth and Sports Youssef Al-Dhai, and Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments Nasr El-Din Mufreh.

It was not possible for the ministers of: Media Hamza Balloul, Communications Hashem Hasab Al-Rasoul, Industry Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Khaled Omar Youssef; Attending the meeting, as the first two were absent for special reasons, while the third and fourth were absent due to the continuing conditions of their detention, although it was not expected that the four would deviate from their resignations, especially since the entities that nominated them expressed positions against the coup and the political declaration.

effect of resignation

As soon as the ministers submitted their resignations to the Prime Minister, many questions arose about the repercussions of the move on the status quo, the political and legal repercussions, and the psychological and moral impact of it, both on the supporters of the coalition or the street whose resistance entities announced their continuation of the revolutionary escalation operations.

The resigned Minister of Labor, Tayseer Al-Noorani, stressed that their resignations came to confirm their position rejecting the coup and the political declaration, in the interest of history and the Sudanese people.

Al-Noorani told Al-Jazeera Net that Al-Burhan’s decisions, including the dissolution of the Council of Ministers and the abolition of all articles related to the forces of freedom and change, are contrary to the constitutional document governing the transitional period.

I stressed that they represent legitimacy, and then I wondered how Hamdok is legitimate when they are not?

In turn, the resigned Minister of Energy, Jaden Ali Al-Obaid – to Al-Jazeera Net – added another reason for the resignation, other than the reasons previously disclosed, and stated by Al-Noorani.

Jaden said that their resignations came in anticipation of the dismissal step that Hamdok was expected to take against them, before heading to the formation of a technocratic government, according to what was stated in the text of the political declaration.

legal implications

A member of the Democratic Lawyers Alliance, Ismail Mohamed Tom, described the resignation of the resigned government ministers collectively as “wrong.”

Al-Tom told Al-Jazeera Net that the resigned ministers added legitimacy in terms of not knowing the status quo, by communicating with one of its main sides, while it was more useful to wait for their dismissal or the nomination of a new government without caring about them.

With his insistence on the illegality of the situation since the dawn of last October 25, Al-Tom warned that the ministers’ resignations give Al-Burhan and Hamdok a legal justification for the formation of their new government, after dissolving the legal burden of bypassing the ministerial staff that acquires legitimacy.

Defense and repercussions

On the other hand, Noureddine Babiker, a member of the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change, defended the step of the coalition ministers to resign from the ousted government.

He told Al Jazeera Net that the mass resignations show dissatisfaction within the coalition with the prime minister’s joining the army commander, and increase the isolation and pressure exerted on Hamdok by his former allies, the Sudanese street and some of the countries that believe in freedom and democracy.

He urged the governors of the isolated government to follow the example of the ministers, and to hurry to submit their resignations from their positions.

For his part, journalist and political analyst Ahmed Khalil summarized the psychological effects of the resignation of the ministers of the second government.

Khalil told Al Jazeera Net that the step could restore the bond between the forces of freedom and change and the rebellious street, warning that the positions of the coalition and the street were identical regarding the current coup, after a long period of differences between them, as a result of the coalition’s acceptance of the constitutional document that established a partnership with the military, which was described by a large number. Some of the revolutionaries called it a “blood partnership,” because it came after the deadly force dispersal of the sit-in in June 2019.

Commenting on the matter, a member of the Resistance Committee, Sameh Al-Rifai, stated that the street has bypassed entities and individuals, and is currently focusing on restoring the civil, democratic state, and retribution against the coup d’état and the killers of the martyrs, as he put it.

He indicated – in his interview with Al Jazeera Net – that they welcomed the FFC’s members on the street within the revolutionaries’ system, provided that this is done without partisan banners.

Through these data, it seems that Hamdok gave the best of the ministers of his isolated government, which is located near the Nile River, to take what they deem appropriate, and they chose – according to their statements and statements – to be on the other side, and between the two positions, the Sudanese roar in the streets in the hope of leading their country’s ship. The aspects of the civil state’s shores, even if that is far from both banks.

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