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Sudan PM Abdalla Hamdok resigns amid political deadlock | Military News

Hamdok resigns less than two months after signing a political accord with the military following the October 25 coup.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned in a political stalemate following a military coup that derailed the country’s fragile transition to democracy.

In a televised speech on Sunday night, Hamdok, who signed a political accord with the military in November, said a roundtable was needed to reach a new deal.

Hamdok, a former United Nations official seen as the civilian face of the Sudanese transitional government, was reinstated in November under international pressure in a deal that called for an independent technocratic cabinet under military control led by him.

This deal, however, was rejected by the pro-democracy movement, which insists that power be handed over to an all-civilian government to lead the transition.

Hamdok’s resignation came after Sudanese security forces violently dispersed pro-democracy protesters against the October 25 military coup, killing at least two people, a medical group said.

Demonstration against the coup in SudanSudanese demonstration to denounce the military coup of October 2021, in Khartoum [Marwan Ali/AP Photo]

Thousands of people took to the streets of Khartoum and other cities across the country to denounce the military takeover and a subsequent deal that restored the prime minister but sidelined the pro-democracy movement.

The Sudanese Central Committee of Physicians (CCSD), which is part of the pro-democracy movement, said on Sunday that one of the dead was hit “hard” on the head while taking part in a protest march in Khartoum.

The second was shot in the chest in Omdurman, the sister city of Khartoum, the group said, adding that dozens of protesters were injured.

After Sunday’s deaths, the total number of protesters killed since the coup has reached at least 56, according to the medical group.

The October military takeover overturned a fragile planned transition to democratic rule following a popular uprising that forced the military to overthrow longtime leader Omar al-Bashir and his government in April 2019.

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