The Central Committee of the Sudanese Doctors CCSD said Monday (3/1) that at least three demonstrators were shot dead by security forces during demonstrations in response to the resignation of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok on Sunday (2/1), bringing the number of demonstrators killed at the hands of the authorities since last October to 57. person.
It has long been plagued by political crisis, since the Commander of the Sudanese Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan declared a state of emergency on October 25, dissolving the Sudanese Sovereign Council and the government.
Demonstrators have gathered in the streets of Khartoum and other major cities to protest against the military takeover and the political statements made later that restored Hamdok to power as prime minister. At the end of the year there were massive demonstrations after the Sudan Sovereignty Council returned the powers of arrest, detention and confiscation to the intelligence services.
“I believe that the people on the street will not accept any initiative that is not from the resistance committee because everyone believes this committee which is entirely from pure and clean people, who have no interest other than the interests of the country,” he said. a protester.
Security forces have been deployed to confront the demonstrators.
They blocked a bridge connecting three cities: Khartoum, Khartoum Bahri and Omdurman. Internet service is also interrupted.
What Do the Sudanese People Want?
Leader The Forces of Freedom and Change or the Force for Freedom and Change, Salma Nour, says a clear political vision is needed to move this country forward.
“We have arrived in procession to the Palace, we must convey our demands, what do we want from the Palace? Do we want to defeat the coup, how? Do you want to completely overthrow the military establishment, do you want the military to leave the state and government? Or do we want to bring down Al Burhan and Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo? What do we want? If we don’t agree to our demands, this procession of millions of demonstrations will reach the Palace without success. So there must be an agreement on the political vision and demands of the revolution (first),” he said.
Those who took to the streets in the capital Khartoum were divided into groups for or against the resignation of Hamdok, who stepped down amid pro-democracy demonstrations following a military coup that dented efforts towards democratic rule.
Sudanese journalist Mohamed Ali Fazary believes Hamdok’s resignation will create further political complications.
“The resignation of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok further complicates the situation and will probably push the country into an uncertain situation, as Hamdok is used to dealing with differences between political figures and helping the country overcome existing differences and move forward with one agreement on a national project. , ” he said.
Hamdok’s Effort Failed
Hamdok, a former UN official who is seen as the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, was reappointed prime minister last November as part of a deal with the military following the October 25 coup.
However, Hamdok has failed to form a cabinet, and his resignation on Sunday has further pushed Sudan into political uncertainty amid security and economic challenges.
In his message when resigning, Hamdok quietly admitted that his efforts to bridge widening differences and gaps, and resolve disputes between political forces had failed. He also warned that the ongoing political stalemate could become a major crisis and further exacerbate an already shattered economy.
The coup in October ended Sudan’s move towards democracy after the popular uprising that forced the ouster of longtime leader Omar Al Bashir in April 2019. Four months after the ouster, generals and demonstrators agreed to share power and hold elections in 2023. However, the breakdown of military-civilian relations after the coup exacerbated the political crisis in Sudan. [em/jm]