While the Sudanese street is still awaiting the results of the political agreement signed yesterday between the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, the latter made it clear that preserving the economic gains achieved during the past two years was among the reasons that prompted him to return to his position after about a month on He was dismissed after exceptional measures imposed by the armed forces on October 25.
“We expect the performance of the technocratic government to have a positive impact on economic performance and the livelihood of citizens,” he said in an interview with Reuters today, Monday, from his residence in Khartoum, where he was under house arrest for weeks. He continued, “The new budget will continue the approach of economic reform and open investment.”
Freedom of Expression, Juba Agreement and Democracy
He also added that maintaining peace and completing the Juba Agreement with the parties that did not sign are among the next government’s top priorities.
In addition, he stressed his commitment to the democratic path, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
Abdullah Hamdok and Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan after the signing of the political agreement in Khartoum (AFP)
“Our Right to Blood”
The prime minister, who lost his civil and political incubator by signing this agreement, confirmed on Sunday that he had agreed to agree with the army leaders, for several basic reasons, most notably to spare the blood of the Sudanese youth. He said at the time from the Republican Palace, “I know that young people have the ability to sacrifice and determination and offer everything that is valuable, but Sudanese blood is precious.”
He also stressed that the agreement aims to return the country to a democratic transition and preserve the gains of the past two years, stressing that it will fortify the civil democratic transition in the country.
It is noteworthy that the agreement came about 3 weeks after the army imposed a state of emergency, following the dissolution of the government and the Sovereignty Council, as well as the suspension of provisions in the constitutional document.
It also came after demonstrations and protests in Khartoum and other areas, which led to dozens of deaths and injuries.
Its first results were crystallized at dawn today, through the release of 4 prominent politicians, while dozens are still in custody, including Mohamed Saleh, Hamdok’s media advisor, as well as his former adviser, Fayez al-Silik, in addition to both the former member of the Sovereign Council Muhammad al-Faki Suleiman and the two ministers Khaled Omar and Ibrahim Sheikh.