Jan 25, 2022

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Sudan’s donors warn against appointing new PM without civilian nod

Sudan’s main western donors say they will not work with a new prime minister if the prime minister is appointed without the involvement of civil movements in the country.

In a joint appeal two days after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok resigned after weeks of protests against the military junta, the European Union, UK, US and Norway said that replacement was a product of dialogue

Read: Sudan’s Abdallah Hamdok resigns as Prime Minister

Civilian vote

< p class = "align-- justify"> The USA, Great Britain and Norway are often referred to as “Troika” in Sudan. And together with the European Union have financially supported the transitional project in Sudan, which now threatens to stall after Hamdok took office on Monday.

“His resignation as Sudanese Prime Minister, two months following the unconstitutional seizure of power by the military, the urgent need for all Sudanese leaders to reaffirm their commitment to democratic transition in the country and to meet the demands of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace and justice. Not a single Sudanese actor can cope with this task alone, ”the donors said in a joint statement.

” The European Union and the Troika will become an uninvolved Prime Minister or a government do not support a wide range of civilian actors. We look forward to working with a government and a transitional parliament that enjoy credibility with the Sudanese people and can lead the country to free and fair elections as a matter of priority. “

Hamdok only returned to his position after weeks of house arrest following the October 25 coup in which the military forcibly regained power.

Read: 3 dead, dozens injured in renewed protests in Sudan

But even after he had agreed to a political agreement with his prisoners and returned to power, civil groups refused to accept the se belonged to the transitional government, the agreement from the influence of the military on the transition program.

Protests

Since then civilians have flocked to the Street, protest against the involvement of the army. The military responded by cracking down on the protests, and sexual assaults were also reported.

Mélanie Joly, Canadian Foreign Minister, also added her country’s voice on the donor appeal , a civilian-led leadership.

“Canada calls on all parties to work towards the common goal of getting this transition back on track. The achievements since the Sudanese revolution must not be lost, ”she said on Wednesday.

” Canada stands by the Sudanese people and supports their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Canada calls for a swift resumption of the transition to democracy and an immediate end to all forms of violence against demonstrators. ”

Transition process

Donors fear that the military coup could stall the transition process.

The transition began in August 2019 with the appointment of Hamdok, who was supposed to lead the country, until it revises the constitution and holds elections within 30 months from that point in time.

As part of the agreement, the Sovereign Transitional Council, a higher-level governing body, should be headed alternately by a military one and one civilian leader, while Hamdok enabled the leadership of the government and his cabinet.

At the beginning, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan should then hand it over to a civilian in November last year . There was a military coup just a few weeks earlier.

The EU and Troika said they will continue to support the transition, but it must be based on the 2019 power-sharing agreement, aka the Constitutional Declaration.

The civil groups that opposed the military junta were influential when it ousted then-leader Omar al-Bashir from power in April 2019.

But the military had tried to stay in power by setting up a transitional military council. Later, under pressure from the international community, they accepted a power-sharing agreement with the civilian population.

On Wednesday it was unclear whether the junta had agreed to go with protesting groups about the next government discuss.