Security forces close roads in central Khartoum, and the Sovereignty Council discusses alternatives after Hamdok’s resignation
Al-Jazeera correspondent said that the Sudanese security forces closed roads in the center of the capital, Khartoum, with barbed wire, while the Central Council of the Forces for Freedom and Change confirmed its determination to defeat the “military coup”, reducing the impact of the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
Today, Tuesday, Khartoum witnessed tightening of security measures, in anticipation of new demonstrations to protest against the decisions of the army chief and head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and to demand a civilian state.
And sources told Al Jazeera that the Sovereignty Council discussed, during its meeting yesterday, Monday, alternatives to the resigned Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, and the possibility of forming an independent government of competencies in a short time.
The same sources added that the meeting decided to form a tripartite committee to communicate with all political forces in Sudan.
In a speech he delivered yesterday, Monday, to senior officers of the armed forces, the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, stressed the need to form an independent government with limited tasks, with the consensus of all Sudanese.
Al-Burhan, who also leads the Sudanese army, pledged to protect the revolution and achieve its goals.
Military sources told Al-Jazeera that the head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council gave the senior officers an explanation regarding the formation of an independent caretaker government, and the establishment of a committee to consider its formation.
The sources added that it was agreed on the need to find solutions in dealing with the demonstrations without closing bridges and cutting off Internet and communications services, and that Al-Burhan expressed his “discontent” over the deaths in the demonstrations.
A call for “revolutionary escalation”
On the other hand, the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change downplayed the impact of the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on the political situation, and renewed its determination to defeat what it described as the military coup and establish a civil state.
Yesterday evening, Monday, the council issued a statement in which it considered that Hamdok’s resignation from the prime ministership was a “direct end to the coup”, and that the resignation also wrote the end of the November 21 agreement signed between Hamdok and Al-Burhan, which the council had previously rejected.
“This resignation confirmed that the will of the people prevails, and its priorities cannot be ignored,” the statement said.
A spokesman for the Central Council of the Forces of Freedom and Change said that this coalition pledges to escalate the revolution until the overthrow of the “coup,” as he put it.
On the living and economic aspect, the Sudanese Professionals Association condemned what it described as the massive increase in the tariff for electricity services.
The assembly said – in a statement – that this increase and other economic policies constitute an assault on the citizen’s right to a decent life. The statement accused what it called the coup authority of continuing to “change it” through failed policies that weakened the agricultural, industrial and residential sectors.
Last Friday, the Ministry of Finance announced a new electricity tariff for all sectors (residential, commercial, agricultural and government) up to 4 times the previous prices.