Sudan’s PM vows not to allow coup against revolution achievements

In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP Photo, File)
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference during a visit to Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Friday voiced the transitional government’s commitment to not allow any coup against what has been achieved in the December Revolution.

Hamdok made the remarks in a speech broadcast by Sudan’s official TV.

The Sudanese army ousted former President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 amid popular protests that erupted in December 2018 against deteriorating economic conditions and a hike in prices of basic commodities.

The army then established a transitional military council that had ruled the country until August 2019, when the military and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance established a transitional government for a 39-month rule. The transitional period is set to be followed by elections to form a new government.

Hamdok described the current division between the components of the transitional government as “the worst and most serious crisis threatening the transition.”

“If we cannot achieve the slogans of the revolution of freedom, peace, and justice and reach the desired ends of the transition, we will not forgive ourselves and neither will history forgive us,” he said.

However, Hamdok denied any dispute between the civilian and military components, saying “it is a dispute between the civil democratic transition camp and the camp of coup against the revolution.”

“It is a conflict in which I am neither neutral nor a mediator. My clear and strict position is the full bias for the civil democratic transition, completion of the tasks of the glorious December Revolution, and realization of its slogans of freedom, peace, and justice,” the prime minister noted.

He further proposed a road map out of the current crisis, calling for an immediate cessation of all forms of escalation between all parties and return to working with all institutions of the transition.

He also stressed the importance of commitment to the constitutional document as the reference for the components of the transitional authority.

Since the announcement of foiling a coup attempt on Sept. 21, the differences between the military and civilian partners in the transitional government have continued to escalate.