US urges civilian rule after Sudan’s PM quits

The military dissolved his government in an October coup, but he returned a month later under a deal to form a government of technocrats ahead of 2023 elections.

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KHARTOUM, – The United States has urged Sudanese leaders to ensure civilian rule and end violence against anti-military protesters after Abdalla Hamdok resigned as prime minister, throwing a transition towards elections deeper into uncertainty.

Hamdok, an economist and former United Nations official widely respected abroad, had served as prime minister under a military-civilian power-sharing deal that followed the overthrow of former leader Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

The military dissolved his government in an October coup, but he returned a month later under a deal to form a government of technocrats ahead of 2023 elections.

Hamdok resigned on Sunday after being unable to forge a consensus to bring the transition forward.

“After PM Hamdok’s resignation, Sudanese leaders should set aside differences, find consensus and ensure continued civilian rule,” the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs tweeted.

Some Sudanese were saddened by the loss of a leader whom they said stood out for his wisdom. Others, still angry with Hamdok for returning after the coup, expressed their resolve to end military rule.

“Hamdok didn’t achieve what we needed him to but he also didn’t come out and tell us what the roadblocks were so that we could rally around him and support him,” said Najat, a pharmacist in Khartoum.

Mayada Khairi, an activist, said: “Whether he comes or goes makes no difference for us because our issue became bigger and our war became bigger … we will continue the revolutionary line.”

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