Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok will quit if a political agreement he signed with the military last week is not implemented or fails to receive backing from political factions, a source close to him said on Wednesday.
Ethiopia has denied it staged an attack over the weekend along its shared border with Sudan, blaming unrest in the disputed zone on rebels from its war-hit Tigray region.
On Saturday, Sudan’s military said “several” soldiers had been killed in an attack by armed groups and militias linked to the Ethiopian military in the fertile expanse known as Al-Fashaqa.
Sudan’s military says several Sudanese soldiers were killed in an attack by Ethiopian forces in a disputed border region.
In a statement on Saturday, Sudan’s military said “our forces tasked with securing the harvest in Al-Fashaqa… were attacked by groups of Ethiopian army forces and militias, who sought to intimidate farmers and spoil the harvest season.”
At a hastily convened signing ceremony on Sunday morning, Sudan’s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdouk, and General Fatah al Burhan inked a deal to resume the civilian-military partnership at the heart of Sudan’s Transitional Government. Hamdouk’s reinstatement formed the headline of the 14-point deal, entitled simply “Political Agreement”.
Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas as thousands of protesters rallied against a deal that saw the civilian prime minister reinstated following a military coup last month, witnesses said.
The protests on Thursday came just days after army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan signed a new power-sharing deal with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, after releasing him from house arrest.
The Sudanese military’s reinstallation of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok “seems to have shaken the picture,” and for some people, the situation may be “a little more hazy” than it was since the October coup, said former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mariam al-Mahdi. Despite that uncertainty, al-Madhi warned that the political agreement signed Sunday by Hamdok and Sudan’s top general “was more supportive to the coup” than the pro-democracy movement.
Sudan’s newly reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has ordered a halt to the firing of civil servants and a review of all appointments made after his detention in last month’s military coup.
Top General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan grabbed power and detained Hamdok on October 25 but following international condemnation and mass protests, reinstated the prime minister last Sunday.
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and separately with General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chair of Sudan’s Sovereign Council. The Secretary encouraged both leaders to work rapidly to put Sudan’s democratic transition back on track. He recognized the important first step that had been taken with the release and reinstatement to office of Prime Minister Hamdok but noted the outstanding transitional tasks. To restore public confidence in the transition he urged the immediate release of all political detainees and pressed for the immediate lifting of the state of emergency. He underscored the imperative for all parties to renew their focus on completing Sudan’s transition to democracy by implementing the transitional tasks outlined in the Constitutional Declaration and the Juba Peace Agreement. He reiterated U.S. calls for respect for peaceful protests and called on the security forces to desist from the use of violence against demonstrators.
The Secretary urged Prime Minister Hamdok and General Burhan to take timely action to implement the elements of the agreement reached November 21 in fulfillment of the aspirations of the Sudanese people, including creating a transitional legislative council, judicial structures, electoral institutions, and a constitutional convention. Both voiced their support for an effective and mutually beneficial U.S.-Sudan relationship.
Newly reinstated Sudanese Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok has pledged to introduce a “technocratic government” made up of qualified professionals who will lead the country on a path to democracy nearly a month after a military coup.
In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Hamdok – who was deposed by the military on October 25 but reinstated as interim premier after signing a deal on Sunday with Sudan’s top general to restore the transition to civilian rule – said the new government will be independent.