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Sudan coup: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigns after mass protests

Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, has resigned following yet another round of large protests in the capital, Khartoum.

Thousands of people are said to have marched against a recent deal he made with the army, which launched a coup in October. Protesters took to the streets, screaming “power to the people,” and demanding a return to full civilian authority. Military forces, on the other hand, carried out another bloody crackdown, killing two individuals.

The army now has complete control of the administration as a result of Mr Hamdok’s decision to resign.

Mr Hamdok claimed the country was at a “dangerous turning point that threatens its entire survival” in a televised address.

He said he had tried his best to stop the country from “sliding towards disaster”, but that “despite everything that has been done to reach a consensus… it has not happened”.

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Civilian and military leaders had made an uneasy power-sharing agreement after the army staged a coup on 25 October and initially placed Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest.

Under the agreement reached with Mr Hamdok in November, the reinstated prime minister was supposed to lead a cabinet of technocrats until elections were held. But it was unclear how much power the new civilian government would have, and protesters said they did not trust the military.

Thousands of people were on the streets of the capital Khartoum and the city of Omdurman on Sunday, chanting and calling on the military to leave politics alone.

Activists have said 2022 will be “the year of the continuation of the resistance”.

More than 50 people have been killed at protests since the coup, including at least two on Sunday, according to the pro-democracy Sudan Central Doctors’ Committee.

Coup leader Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has defended last October’s coup, saying the army had acted to prevent a civil war that was threatening to erupt. He says Sudan is still committed to the transition to civilian rule, with elections planned for July 2023.

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