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Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at a news conference in Paris Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok during a news conference at the Grand Palais Ephemere in Paris, May 17, 2021 (pool photo by Sarah Meyssonnier via AP Images).

Sudan’s Democratic Transition Needs a Jumpstart

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok didn’t mince words about his country’s future during a press conference last month, putting his concerns about the growing tensions between the civilian and military sides of the fragile transitional government in existential terms. “The big question today is will Sudan exist or not exist,” he said. The week before, Hamdok delivered a rare televised address in which he warned the country could fall into civil war between multiple armed groups and different factions of the Sudanese military. 

The alarming remarks come at a pivotal time for Sudan, which next month will mark the second anniversary of its interim constitution. Signed in August 2019, months after the popular uprising that resulted in Bashir’s ouster, the constitutional declaration created a transitional government that was to share power between military and civilian leaders for 3 years and 3 months, after which national elections were to be held. However, that clock was reset to zero in a peace agreement the transitional government signed last year with armed rebel groups, meaning elections are now scheduled for early 2024. ...

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