The Sudanese crisis… What after Hamdok’s resignation?

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The writer and political analyst Ahmed Hussein Adam said that the resignation of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok has complicated the political crisis in the country significantly, considering that it “dropped the mask on the military component of the government.”

And Adam expected – in an interview with an episode of the program “Beyond the News” (3/1/2022) – that Hamdok’s resignation would lead to an increase in tension in the street, which rejects the presence of the military in power, he said.

Adam added that the civilian political forces in Sudan are facing an important test now to unite and present a vision for resolving the crisis.

But a member of the Central Council for Freedom and Change, Muhammad Sadiq, saw in Hamdok signing an agreement with the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan – who had previously put Hamdok under house arrest on October 25 – a mistake, especially since this agreement was made without consulting with the political forces.

Sadiq added that despite Hamdok’s later attempts to communicate with some political forces, they refused to do so, which made him isolated.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has announced his resignation from his post. In a speech broadcast on Sudanese television, Hamdok said that he took this decision after his recent efforts and his meetings with various political segments and components failed to reach a political consensus to avoid the country sliding into chaos.

Hamdok left his position while the crisis in Sudan continues, amid expectations that the man’s resignation will lead the country to a more complex phase, perhaps than the one that preceded it. Hamdok’s resignation indicates the depth of the crisis of confidence that is tightening its grip on the relationship between the political parties.

Yesterday, the Sudanese street witnessed demonstrations, which resulted in deaths and injuries in several cities.

Domestic and international reactions

For his part, the former Military Prosecutor, Major General Abdullah Hamid, said that the Sudanese people relied a lot on Hamdok, but he could not achieve success at the level of the internal situation or international relations, considering that linking international aid to one person – in reference to Hamdok – is wrong.

In the internal reactions, the Sudanese Minister of Finance, the head of the Justice and Equality Movement, Jibril Ibrahim – in a tweet on Twitter – described Hamdok’s resignation as an unfortunate matter, and called on the political forces in Sudan to review their positions with the aim of crossing the country to safety, as he put it.

The leader of the “Freedom and Change – National Charter” forces, Governor of West Darfur, Minni Arko Minawi, described Hamdok’s resignation as part of the manifestations of a crisis that the political forces did not understand.

For his part, the designated head of the National Umma Party, Fadlallah Barama Nasser, praised what he called Hamdok’s efforts to bring Sudan to safety, while the Secretary-General of the opposition Popular Congress Party, Muhammad Badr al-Din, said that the resignation was expected, adding that it would further aggravate the situation, as he put it.

On the other hand, the leader of the Communist Party, Siddiq Youssef, said that Hamdok’s resignation was long overdue, expecting that “the resignation will tighten the screws on the military component internally and externally.”

In international reactions, the US State Department called on Sudanese leaders to put aside their differences and reach consensus, while ensuring the continuation of civilian rule. The US State Department also stressed the need to appoint a prime minister and a government, in line with the constitutional document to achieve the people’s goals of freedom, peace and justice.

As for the British Minister for Africa Affairs, Vicki Ford, she expressed her sadness at the decision to resign Hamdok, calling on the Sudanese political and security forces to respect the demands of the people, as she put it.

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