In addition to reports of interfering in Hamdok’s political appointments
, Sudan’s military leadership announced a rebranded relaunch of former dictator Omar al-Bashir’s notorious national intelligence service
) 在十二月 30. It is now known as the General Intelligence Service
Previous CNN investigations have implicated the agency in the deaths of protesters. Its continued influence, 消息人士说, was another “red line” for Hamdok, rendering the relationship with the military untenable.
“The restoration of arrest and search authority to the intelligence service and the continuation of repression against the demonstrators was the straw that broke the camel’s back in the Burhan-Hamdok agreement,” a senior source in the civilian leadership told CNN.
CNN has reached out to contacts within the Sudanese military for comment but has so far received no response.
‘Freedom and justice’
Hamdok’s resignation speech came after three protesters were killed by Sudanese security forces during anti-coup demonstrations near the capital Sunday, 民间联盟的苏丹中央医生委员会 (国家疾控中心) 说过.
Sunday’s protests in Omdurman, 关于 25 公里 (16 英里) northwest of Khartoum, were the 14th day of mass demonstrations against military rule since the military coup. 至少 57 people have been killed by security forces since, the SCDC reported.
In the speech, Hamdok said he was stepping down to make way “for the daughters or sons” of the country to complete the transitional period.
Hamdok praised the Sudanese people for their determination in demanding “freedom and justice” during the protests, 补充说 “you will definitely have a better future with your revolutionary enthusiasm.”
在星期一, Volker Perthes, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sudan, told CNN that the UN is willing to “facilitate a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue” between Sudanese stakeholders in order to prevent further escalation in the region.
Perthes said that various parties — including the UN — have been calling out for “credible investigations on who did the killing” so that culprits can be brought to court, an action which would serve as an indicator of the government’s intention in “rebuilding the trust they have lost in the people of Sudan.”
When asked if the country’s military should be held accountable for their acts of violence against the people of Sudan, Perthes said, “Leaders should be responsible for what they do.”
‘It did not survive’
Sudan had been ruled by an uneasy alliance between the military and civilian groups since 2019. But in October, the military effectively took control, dissolving the power-sharing Sovereign Council and transitional government, and temporarily detaining Hamdok, the prime minister.
Al-Burhan reinstated Hamdok in November as part of a deal between the military and civilian leadership.
Under the deal agreed to by Hamdok and Al-Burhan, Hamdok would again become leader of the transitional government, which was first established after strongman Bashir was ousted in 2019.
In his resignation speech, Hamdok said that his “acceptance of the task to the post of prime minister in August 2019 was on the basis of a constitutional document and political consensus between the civilian and military components, which I preached as a unique Sudanese model.”
“But it did not survive with the same degree of commitment and harmony with which it started,” Hamdok said.