Sudan PM resigns amid protests marred by deadly violence — Analysis

After several protesters were killed, the civilian leader was forced to resign.

Sudanese PM Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation, saying “another man or woman” should lead the country through a transition to civilian rule just over a month after he struck a power-sharing deal with the military.

“I decided to give back the responsibility and announce my resignation as prime minister, and give a chance to another man or woman of this noble country to … help it pass through what’s left of the transitional period to a civilian democratic country,”The outgoing prime Minister said this in Sunday’s farewell address.

This comes amid anti-military protests in Sudan that have been ongoing for months. On Sunday, doctors tied to pro-democracy activists claimed that two protesters were killed by the Sudanese security forces in the country’s most populous city, Omdurman. According to some reports, dozens of people were killed in the unrest that broke out after the military coup against Hamdok’s government.

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However, the putschists led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan struck quickly a power-sharing deal with Hamdok and reintroduced him to government. Hamdok was to serve as technocrat head of the interim government up to the July 2023 election. Meanwhile, the general elected himself to be the leader of the military-controlled Transitional Sovereignty Council. Al-Burhan pledged to not run for office in 2023.

The power-sharing arrangement did not sit well with many pro-democracy activists, who took to the streets to protest both the military, and Hamdok’s decision to sign a deal with the coup leaders.

Since April 2019, Sudan is in political turmoil after the military removed Omar al-Bashir (the long-ruling President) from office.  

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