Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has warned against attempts to disrupt the transitional phase in the country with the exacerbation of tensions between civilians and military personnel in the Sovereignty Council.
Hamdok said, in a speech broadcast on state television, that “the only way out is a serious and responsible dialogue on the issues that divide the transitional forces,” stressing the need to stop the escalation in the current situation.
He added that the essence of the current crisis is “the inability to reach a consensus on a national project between the forces of revolution and change,” describing the current political crisis as “the worst and most dangerous crisis that threatens the transition and the country, and portends a terrible human being.”
He stressed that what is happening at the present time is due to “deep divisions among the military and others among civilians, and divisions between the military and civilians.”
He called on the Prime Minister not to “involve issues of terrorism and security in political bargains and conflicts,” stressing “the need to stay away from auctions and to put the nation’s interest as a top priority, and to manage disputes with maturity.”
Hamdok said that the coup attempt in late September was “the door through which the strife entered, and all the differences and accusations hidden from all parties came out of its hiding place, and thus we are about to put the fate of our country, our people and our revolution in the wind,” denying that the army is “one of the He bears responsibility for the attempted coup.
Politicians known to be close to the military elements of the Sovereignty Council called Saturday’s protests to demand the dismissal of the current government.
This comes amid suffering in Sudan from a shortage of basic commodities as a result of the closure of one of the main Sudanese ports on the Red Sea, after it was besieged by demonstrators opposed to the Sudanese government.
Hamdok pledged to deal with this crisis, blaming it on “decades of neglect and marginalization” that the region experienced during the era of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.
The Sudanese government announced that it had thwarted a coup attempt on September 21, amid the fragile transitional period since the overthrow of al-Bashir in 2019.
Under the power-sharing agreement concluded in August 2019, Sudan is currently governed by a transitional government composed of civilian and military representatives, tasked with overseeing the return of full civilian rule.
The country still suffers from chronic economic problems inherited from the Bashir regime, as well as deep divisions between the various factions leading the transition.