Abdalla Hamdok's resignation is the direct result of Sudan's coup, says Sudanese political coalition

Abdalla Hamdok's resignation is the direct result of Sudan's coup, says Sudanese political coalition
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Abdalla Hamdok's resignation as prime minister was a direct result of the military coup, said Sudan's Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC), a broad-sweeping political coalition of Sudanese groups.
Sudanese pro-democracy groups called Tuesday for mass anti-coup protests as the country plunged further into turmoil following the resignation of the prime minister [source: Getty]

Sudan's Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) said Abdalla Hamdok's resignation as prime minister was a direct result of the military coup, the Sudanese Congress Party said in a statement Monday.

The resignation also ended the November 21 agreement, which the FFC had refused, the statement added.

Hamdok said on Sunday that he was resigning, six weeks after returning to his post in a deal with military coup leaders who he argued could save a transition toward democracy.

The coup - which took place on October 25 2021 - has triggered mass demonstrations and a violent crackdown that so far has left at least 57 dead and hundreds wounded. At least 13 women have been raped during the unrest.

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On November 21, Burhan reinstated Hamdok in a deal promising elections in mid-2023. The protest movement slammed the deal as "betrayal" and has kept up street pressure.

Late Sunday, Hamdok announced that he was stepping down, saying he had tried to prevent the country "from sliding toward disaster" but that it was now at a "dangerous crossroads threatening its very survival".

Pro-democracy activists have urged protesters to take to the streets and to head to the presidential palace in Khartoum "until victory is achieved".

Sudan has been navigating a fragile transition towards full civilian rule since the April 2019 ouster of Omar al-Bashir following an unprecedented wave of youth-led protests.

Burhan last month issued a decree allowing security forces to arrest individuals "over crimes related to the state of emergency", effectively banning street protests.

Security forces are allowed to enter and search "any building or individual" and impose "surveillance of any property and facility".

Since the coup, authorities have often blocked internet services and disrupted communication lines to prevent mass gatherings.