Conflict over Hamdok’s resignation, and Al-Burhan calls on the Sudanese forces for political reviews
There were conflicting statements and information regarding Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s intention to resign from his position, while the head of the Sovereignty Council and Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan said that all forces should carry out political reviews.
A source in the Sudanese Council of Ministers told Al-Jazeera that Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok rejected the mediation of some leaders of political forces – including figures from the Central Council for Freedom and Change – to discourage him from the decision to resign or even postpone it to another time, until the political arena is arranged.
The source added that Hamdok told a number of senior political leaders that he intends to resign from his position.
The Prime Minister was quoted as saying that the decision to resign was due to the division of the political forces and their retraction of support for the political agreement he concluded with the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on November 21, in addition to the street’s rejection of that political settlement.
On the other hand, Sudanese Finance Minister Jibril Ibrahim told Al Jazeera that there was no indication that Abdullah Hamdok wanted to resign.
In a statement to Al-Jazeera, a source close to Hamdok said that he responded to various mediations and decided to postpone his resignation until after the demonstrations next Saturday.
According to the same source, Hamdok does not want to bear the moral responsibility for any violence that the demonstrations scheduled for next Saturday may witness.
And “Reuters” quoted – yesterday evening, Tuesday – two sources close to the Sudanese Prime Minister that he told a group of national figures and intellectuals that he met with that he intends to submit his resignation from his position.
Prior to that, sources confirmed that Hamdok would continue in his position and form a new government only if there was political support for the agreement he signed with the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which was rejected by the Forces for Freedom and Change that were supportive of Hamdok.
Al-Jazeera correspondent Haitham Awit said that there is a difference in opinions about Hamdok’s motives for resigning from his position; There is a narration according to which he attributes his decision to the lack of consensus of the political forces on a national project that will avoid the country’s collapse, and the failure of the mediators who helped to reach the agreement on November 21 to play the same role in order to gather the other political forces in one political declaration with which he can proceed with his government. On the other hand, another version states that the reason for his resignation was a dispute between him and the military component.
Reason for waving resignation
Commenting on the recent developments, a member of the Central Council for Freedom and Change, Muhammad Sadiq, said that Hamdok’s resignation, if it actually takes place, will exacerbate the situation under the country’s current conditions.
Sadiq Hamdok was accused of playing a role – in what he described – in the military coup last October.
In turn, the leader of the Forces for Freedom and Change and the former Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khaled Omar Youssef said that the reason Hamdok threatened to resign was the military coup and not the lack of consensus of the political forces, as he put it.
Youssef added that – what he called – the coup was not made by the forces of freedom and change, but rather confronted it, and the army commander, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, rushed to delete its name from the constitutional document, which was also done by the political agreement between Al-Burhan and Hamdok, according to him.
The leading minister in the Forces of Freedom and Change called for the necessity of consensus on a united popular front to defeat Al-Burhan and establish a real democratic civil authority, as he described it.
For his part, the Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council and the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, said that the armed forces will remain the safety valve for the country’s unity, and are now present in preventing the country from being drawn into what the stalkers want, as he put it.
Al-Burhan added during the officers’ graduation ceremony that everyone should conduct political reviews.
Since last October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests in rejection of measures – taken by Al-Burhan on the same day – that included declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and Transitional Ministers, and dismissing Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, after the arrest of party leaders and officials, as part of measures described by political forces as a military coup. .
Countries and regional and international organizations welcomed the Burhan and Hamdok agreement to address the crisis, but Sudanese political and civil forces consider it an attempt to legitimize what they describe as the coup, and they continue to protest demanding full civilian rule.