Sudanese PM Hamdok denies signing agreement under duress

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Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

By Theodore Jones –

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok claimed that he was pressured to enter a deal with army head Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan just days after signing the political agreement that led to his reinstatement.

Instead, Hamdok stated that he signed the pact because he feared the country would devolve into disorder, emphasizing that the accord allowed the civil democratic transition program to be restored.

On Wednesday, November 24, Hamdok told reporters at the Sudan News Agency that the agreement was on how to proceed with the transition to civilian government and how to work together for the country’s good.

PM Hamdok also said there were political gains that have been achieved following the signing of the agreement, and urged parties to put emphasis on the positive aspect while trying to avoid the downsides. He said that his singular focus was achieving transitional justice and seeking to complete the peace process.

PM Hamdok was speaking during the media symposium held on the political agreement and the future of democratic transition in the country, when he also observed that the Sudanese economy may have been affected due to external transfers, but despite the exchange rate remained unaffected.

The PM also stressed that the right to demonstrate is guaranteed by law and the constitution, adding that he had spoken with the security services to protect the processions.

He also noted that the issue of the Ministry of Finance’s jurisdiction over public funds remains crucial and would be approached as such.

In a statement issued by his office, PM Hamdok said that he had directed the police chiefs to “secure the demonstrator of this November 25, and start the procedures for releasing all detainees from the resistance committees in the capital and the states.” 

AFP

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