Hamdok, a well-respected economist internationally, fears the country is heading for disaster now that no consensus has been reached between the various civilian and military groups in the East African country. After a military coup in October placed Hamdok under house arrest, a power-sharing agreement was agreed between politicians and the military and Hamdok was allowed to return to the scene.
The agreement with the military was that Hamdok would head a government of technocrats that would push for new elections. But from the very beginning there were vociferous protests against the role of the army, which were often brutally suppressed. The country has been in a state of instability since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
With Hamdok’s resignation, all power will once again be in the hands of the military, which is increasingly isolated internationally. For example, the United States warned military leaders not to use force against anti-military demonstrators. In recent weeks, thousands of Sudanese have taken to the streets almost every day in protests that are estimated to have killed around 50 people.
Hamdok’s resignation is a major blow to the military, which had hoped to win some international respect and, with it, economic assistance. Sudan suffers from high rates of inflation and shortages of food, fuel and medicine. There are now fears that the country will slide into an authoritarian regime as before, raising the possibility that it will be shunned as it was under Bashir, or that the country will find itself in a bloody battle between many factions.
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