October 15 (Reuters) – Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok on Friday unveiled a roadmap to end what he described as the country’s “worst and most dangerous” political crisis in its two-year transition.
Since an attempted coup in late September, Sudan’s power-sharing military and civilian partners have been locked in a war of words, with military leaders demanding reform of the ruling cabinet and coalition. Civilian politicians accused the army of aiming for a takeover.
“The coup attempt has opened the door to discord and to all disputes and hidden accusations from all sides, and in this way we are throwing the future of our country and our people and the revolution to the wind.” Hamdok said in a speech.
The Sudanese army and a coalition of civilian political parties have ruled under a power-sharing deal since the impeachment of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019. Bashir loyalists are accused of carrying out the failed coup attempt.
Hamdok described the current conflict as not between the military and civilians, but between those who believe in a transition to democracy and civilian leadership and those who do not.
“I am neither neutral nor mediator in this conflict. My clear and firm position is full alignment with the civil democratic transition, ”he said.
Nonetheless, he said he spoke to both sides and presented them with a roadmap calling for an end to escalation and unilateral decision-making and a return to functioning government.
He stressed the importance of forming a transitional legislature, reforming the military and broadening the base of political participation.
Referring to the ongoing blockade of the country’s main port in the east of the country by protesting tribesmen, Hamdok called their grievances legitimate while asking them to reopen the trade flow. He also said that an international donors’ conference for the benefit of the region was being organized.
Civilian politicians have accused the military of being behind the blockade, which it denies.
Political groups aligned with the army called for demonstrations in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday. Civilian rule groups called for demonstrations on October 21.
Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz and Ahmed Tolba, written by Nafisa Eltahir and Moaz Abd-Alaziz, edited by Chris Reese and Giles Elgood
Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.