Britain is saddened by Hamdok’s resignation … and international support for the Sudanese

While the United States has renewed its support for the civilian government in Sudan, in following the resignation of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, Britain expressed its sadness at the move announced on Sunday evening.

Minister for Africa at the British Foreign Office, Vicky Ford, said today in a tweet on her Twitter account that she was deeply saddened by the resignation of the Sudanese prime minister, demanding that the demands of those calling for civilian rule be respected.

He also praised the prime minister: “Hamdouk was serving Sudan and was endeavoring to satisfy the people’s desire for a better future.”

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Furthermore, he noted that millions of people raised their voices after the measures announced by the Sudanese army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, on 25 October to call for a civilian government, saying: “The security forces and other political actors must now comply with these requests.. ”

In turn, UN Special Representative Volker Peretz expressed, in a statement posted by the Transition Mission’s Twitter account, his concern about the political crisis in the country after those resignations.

It also called on the security forces to abide by the law, to protect protesters and protesters in expressing their views and to preserve their right to peaceful assembly.

Greetings to Hamdok

In the same context, France hailed Hamdok’s efforts. In a note, the Farnesina asked for the principles contained in the constitutional document to be respected.

He also called for the return of transitional institutions to their work and the designation of a credible transitional government that reflects the aspirations of the Sudanese and allows them to hold elections in 2023.

End of violence

Earlier today, the US State Department’s Office of African Affairs urged Sudan leaders to ensure the continuation of civilian rule and an end to violence against protesters following Hamdok’s resignation, which exacerbated uncertainty about the country’s transition process, and to move towards elections.

“After the resignation of Prime Minister Hamdok, Sudanese leaders must put aside differences, reach consensus and ensure the continuation of civilian rule,” he said. in a tweet on his Twitter account.

The US State Department further stressed that any new appointment must abide by the rules of the power-sharing agreement concluded in 2019. It added that “the new prime minister and the next Sudanese government should be appointed. in compliance with the constitutional declaration in order to achieve the goals of freedom, pace and justice of the people … Stop violence against protesters.

Variation of reactions

Meanwhile, the reactions to the resignation on social media in Sudan has been diverse, with some expressing sorrow over the loss of a wise leader.

While others who are still angry at Hamdok’s signing of October’s exceptional measures of a political settlement with the army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, have expressed their insistence on ending military rule, considering that these resignations they won’t change anything.

Jibril Ibrahim, a former rebel leader who served as finance minister in the Hamdok government but showed his support for the army before October (2021), described the prime minister’s resignation as “unfortunate”. He wrote on Twitter: “Let’s transform this ordeal in a blessing and an opportunity to come together and cross the homeland in safety. The responsibility of political forces today and their need to stay with themselves and review their positions is greater than ever “.

Britain is saddened by Hamdok’s resignation … and international support for the Sudanese
Abdullah Hamdouk (archive – AFP)

As for the Sudanese Association of Professionals, it held, in the statements to Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath, that “the renunciation or lack of it does not advance or delay anything in the path of the revolution”.

He also indicated that “the real power rests in the hands of the Military Council, and what is needed is the resignation of the leaders of the Council”, led by the commander of the armed forces, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.

Interestingly, the prime minister, who for two years was the civilian face of the transition period, announced his resignation Sunday evening on official television, more than two months after the exceptional measures imposed by the military on 25 October ( 2021) and the signing of a political agreement with the army commander on 21 November.

The eminent economist had tried in recent weeks to reach a political agreement between all the political parties in the country, and to form a civilian government to replace the one that the army had dissolved. in October, but he had not succeeded, having no choice but to take that step, in light of the continuing protests in the country, refusing the participation of the military component in the government.

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