Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has expressed concern over the country’s stability and unity amid mass protests against a military coup.
Hamdok, initially deposed by the coup carried out on October 25, was reinstated on November 21 following weeks of mass protests demanding an immediate return to civilian rule.
Despite his reinstatement, more protests have been staged, and another was planned for Sunday, December 19, to mark the third anniversary of protests that started a popular uprising which led to the overthrow of long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
“We face today a major setback to the path of our revolution that threatens the country’s security, unity, and stability, which alerts us to the beginning of a backslide into a pit that leaves us neither a nation nor a revolution,” Hamdok said in a statement.
Hamdok was appointed Prime Minister in a partnership between the military and a faction of civilian political leaders following al-Bashir’s ouster.
The October 25 military coup is reported to have ended that partnership, with the civilian parties rejecting dialogue to continue partnering with the army leaders.
Hamdok in his statement acknowledged the failure of previous mediation attempts but called for a new political agreement.
“Unfortunately all these attempts have stumbled because of the insistence on the differing stances and views of the different forces,” he said.
“I want on this occasion to renew my invitation to all revolutionary forces and all those who believe in a civilian democratic transition to agree to a political covenant that addresses the deficits of the past and achieves the remainder of the revolution’s goals.”