CEPO welcomes Hamdok’s reinstatement as Sudan’s PM

CEPO welcomes Hamdok’s reinstatement as Sudan’s PM
Edmund Yakani, CEPO Executive Director (photo credit: Civil Rights Defenders)

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has welcomed Sudan’s decision to reinstate Dr Abdalla Hamdok as Sudan’s Prime Minister after nearly a month of political turmoil.

In a statement extended to The City Review, Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO, said the reinstatement of Hamdok as Sudan’s Prime Minister raises hope for peace and stability in the country as well as in the region.

“This is a remarkable act for securing peace and stability in Sudan. Peace and stability in Sudan are essential for a peaceful South Sudan,” Yakani said.

He lauded the South Sudan government’s role in resolving Sudan’s political stalemate.

“South Sudan’s leadership played an effective role in the process that resulted in the reinstatement of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok,” further stressed Yakani.

CEPO urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) heads of states and governments to always strive towards protecting the regional bloc’s sitting chairperson.

According to the agreement signed with Sudan’s military leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday, Hamdok will lead a civilian government of technocrats for a transitional period.

In October, the military, under the leadership of Gen. Al-Buhran, ousted Prime Minister Dr Hamdok and subsequently declared a state of emergency and dissolved the joint civilian and military transitional government.

Dr Hamdok was placed under house arrest with several of his civilian officials being detained by the military. The saga earned Sudan-wide condemnation both regionally and internationally.

Following the political crisis, protesters continued to stage demonstrations in the capital and parts of Sudan, demanding for the country to return to civilian rule. More than 40 protesters were said to have been killed, with hundreds more wounded during the protest. 

 President Salva Kiir also welcomed the political development in Khartoum, saying it would stabilise the country and also help South Sudan to heal.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan would like to convey the congratulations of H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit to the leaders of the Republic of Sudan for their leadership and courage to forge a way out of the current political situation in Sudan.

“The agreement that was [on Sunday] signed between H.E Gen. Abdel Fatah Al Burhan, Chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council, and the Sudanese Prime Minister, H. E. Abdalla Hamdok, is a significant landmark achievement that proudly displays the will and determination to return the country to the path of peace,”  partly read the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, conveyed on behalf of the president.