The Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, announced his resignation on Sunday in protest against the deaths of demonstrators who called for the army to be dismissed. At least three protesters were killed in mass marches this Sunday in the capital, Khartoum.
Hamdok has accused the army of signing an agreement between civilian and military forces that included a commitment to avoid “bloodshed”. “We presented several initiatives that fell on deaf ears,” he complained.
Hamdok has stated that the transitional government has faced challenges such as international isolation, corruption and indebtedness. However, it believes that important progress has been made, particularly in the area of peacemaking.
“We have endeavored to free the country from international isolation and to reintegrate it into the international community,” he said. “The people have final authority and the security forces are under orders to maintain their unity,” he added.
The televised speech was given to mark the 66th anniversary of Sudan’s independence and the third anniversary of the resignation of dictator Omar Hasan al-Bashir.