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Sudan: will Hamdok's resignation end the transition?

On Sunday, the civilian Prime Minister of Sudan resigned, barely two months after being reinstated in his post by the military.

End of november, Sudanese civilian prime minister Abdallah Hamdok returned to his post. A reinstatement obtained following the signing of an agreement with General al-Burhane. A little less than a month earlier, a military coup had put an end to the prime minister's functions. Abdallah Hamdok was then arrested and detained.

Since then, demonstrators have continued to protest in the streets of Khartoum. Several thousand people oppose General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane's coup d'état. Demonstrations that provoked clashes with the security forces who yesterday killed two people according to the movements of opposition to the military regime.

And as protesters demand more civilians in the government, the Sudanese prime minister announced his resignation on Sunday. A suprise ? Not really. According to local sources, the head of government had not been in his post for several days. Hamdok believes that the current transition, which he was leading up to this point, has been a failure. "I tried my best to prevent the country from sliding into disaster, as today it is going through a dangerous turning point which threatens its survival," he explained on television.

The former Prime Minister deplores a fragmentation of “political forces” and “conflicts between the components of the transition”. He deplores the fact that no consensus has been found. Consequence: Hamdok fails to "end the bloodshed". We are far from the promises made after Omar al-Bashir had been deposed by the army.

What about this transition, which called for the military to hand over power to civilians before elections scheduled for 2023? Since October 25, no one has had any hopes for it. When General al-Burhane extended his tenure as head of the country for two years, it was clear that Abdallah Hamdok would fail. Especially since the soldier had dismissed the civilians who risked overshadowing the men in place.

However, the people continue to demand civil power. Even Hamdok was seen as too conciliatory with the military, with the protesters wanting civilian power without negotiations. Since October 25, at least sixty demonstrators have been killed. The military junta believes that these "demonstrations are a waste of energy and time" and that "no political solution" can be found in the streets.

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