IGAD welcomes Hamdok reinstatement

IGAD welcomes Hamdok reinstatement
Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has welcomed the restoration of Sudan’s joint transition government and the reinstatement of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

In a statement issued on Sunday after the agreement between Dr Hamdok and the military leader, Gen Abdal Fatah Al-Burhan, IGAD congratulated the people of Sudan and called on leaders to forge unity among themselves.

“The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomes today’s agreement by the military to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, [and to] restore civilian rule and for the release of political leaders detained in October.

“The Executive Secretary further congratulates the people of Sudan and commends all those who participated constructively in the dialogue that led to the Agreement in line with the 2019 constitutional declaration and encourages Sudan’s political leaders and the civil society to build on the momentum to unite the country,” partly read the statement.

IGAD promised to work with the new government of Sudan in its effort to establish new democratic governance in the country.

“The Executive Secretary hopes that this agreement will lead to the formation of an inclusive government and expressed the readiness of IGAD to work with the new government, in the implementation of this agreement and in their effort to serve the people and build a new democratic Sudan that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all sectors of its society,” it added.  

Ouster

Hamdok was ousted and placed under house arrest with several of his civilian ministers detained in a military coup headed by the Chairperson of now-defunct Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Al-Burhan in October.

Since then, when Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and dissolved the civilian leadership, at least 40 people have been said to have died in mass protests against the coup.

The military takeover triggered widespread condemnation from the international community, the United States and African Union.

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