© Reuters. File image of protesters protesting the military rule in Khartoum, Sudan. December 30, 2021. REUTERS / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
KHARTOUM, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok announced his resignation on Sunday, six weeks after returning to office on a deal with coup military leaders that he said could save the transition to democracy .
Hamdok, who was unable to name a government as protests against the military’s coming to power continue in October, said a round table was needed to produce a new deal for Sudan’s political transition.
“I have decided to return responsibility and announce my resignation as prime minister, and to give another man or woman from this noble country an opportunity to (…) help him pass the remainder of the transition period to a democratic civilian country,” Hamdok said in a televised speech.
The announcement further plunges Sudan’s political future into uncertainty, three years after an uprising that led to the ouster of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir.
Hamdok, an economist and former United Nations official widely respected by the international community, became prime minister under a power-sharing agreement between the military and civilians following the overthrow of Bashir.
Dismissed and placed under house arrest by the military during a coup on October 25, he was reinstated in November.
However, the agreement for his return was denounced by many members of the civil coalition that had supported him previously and by protesters who continued to hold mass protests against the military government.
(Reporting by Nayera Abdalla, Sarah El Safty, Nafisa Eltahir and the Khartoum staff; written by Aidan Lewis; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)
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