Thursday, December 2, 2021

Sudan’s Prime Minister Presents Road Map Out of Crisis

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok on Friday unveiled a road map to end the country’s “worst and most dangerous” political crisis in its two-year transition.

Since the coup attempt in late September, war has turned between Sudan’s military and civilian power-sharing partners, with military leaders calling for reform of the cabinet and the ruling coalition. Civilian politicians accused the military of aiming to seize power.

Hamdok said in a speech, “The coup attempt opens the door to discord, and to all hidden disputes and accusations from all sides, and thus we are throwing the future and revolution of our country and people to the wind.” ”

Sudan’s military and a coalition of civilian political parties have ruled under a power-sharing agreement since the ouster of former president Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Bashir loyalists are accused of carrying out a failed coup attempt.

Hamdok described the current conflict as not between the military and civilians, but between those who believe in democracy and the transition to civilian leadership and those who do not.

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“I am not neutral or mediator in this struggle. My clear and firm position is the perfect alignment for civil democratic change,” he said.

Still, he said he has spoken to both sides and presented them with a road map calling for escalation and an end to unilateral decision-making and a return to a functioning government.

He emphasized the importance of creating a transitional legislature, reforming the military, and expanding the base for political participation.

Referring to the ongoing blockade of the country’s main port in the east of the country in protest against the tribals, Hamdok justified their complaints by asking for the reopening of the flow of trade. He also said that an international donors’ conference is being organized to benefit the sector.

Civilian politicians have accused the military of being behind the blockade, which it denies.

Political groups affiliated with the military have called for a protest in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday. Civil rule advocacy groups have called for a protest on October 21.

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