Kiir lauds Hamdok’s reinstallation
President Salva Kiir has described the Sudanese agreement that led to the reinstatement of Prime Minister Dr Abdalla Hamdok as a landmark that brought the country back to the path of political stability.
According to a statement released on Sunday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Kiir called on the Sovereign Council’s leaders, Gen. Abdel Fatah Al-Burhan and Dr Hamdok, to continue dialogue to ensure inclusivity of the peace process in Sudan by bringing the holdout groups to implement the October 2020 Juba Peace Agreement.
“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.
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.
Return to power
However, on Sunday, the parties reached a deal to reinstate Dr Hamdok as the Prime Minister of Sudan, leading to the country’s transitional period as it heads towards democracy in 2023.
But the agreement is yet to be fully embraced by all political stakeholders. For instance, on Monday, Reuters reported that Forces of Freedom and Change, Sudan’s main civilian opposition, expressed dissatisfaction with the newly signed deal between Hamdok and the military.
But yesterday, Reuters quoted Hamdok defending his about-turn, saying he was only motivated by the need to sustain the bid for economic recovery.
“Among the reasons for my return is to preserve the economic gains and the economic opening to the world,” Hamdok said.
He added that they were committed to bringing all the dissenting voices together to chart a path for national unity through the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement.
“Implementing the Juba agreement and completing the peace processes with groups that did not sign the Juba agreement are at the top of the new government’s agenda,” he added as revealed by Reuters.
“We are committed to the democratic path, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and greater opening to the world.’’
Appeal for unity
President Kiir, who brokered the Sudanese peace, ending nearly 17 years of civil war, commended the Sudanese for their culture of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The head of state also pledged his full support to the peace process in neighbouring Sudan, as he always pointed out that a stable Sudan is a stable South Sudan.
“As stated in his last message to them, President Kiir’s confidence in the wisdom of the Sudanese leaders is firmly rooted in his knowledge of Sudan’s culture and history of reconciliation,” it said.
The statement further noted: “He appeals to H. E. Al-Burhan and H.E. Hamdok to continue the dialogue with all other political forces who have yet to sign the agreement. He hopes they too will recognise the importance of this historic accomplishment.”
“Finally, President Kiir again reiterates his government’s readiness to assist the Sudanese leaders and people as they now implement the agreement.”