Sudan’s prime minister warned on Tuesday of “very concerning” divisions inside the country’s security services and called for political reconciliation between civilian and military factions.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok made the remarks while announcing an endeavor to unite the factions driving Sudan through a difficult transition following President Omar al-resignation Bashir’s in April 2019
Since the factions signed a power-sharing agreement in August of the following year, Sudan has been ruled by a civilian-military ruling administration.
Nearly two years later, the transition is still beset by difficulties, including rebel and civilian pressure to restructure the military.
“All of the issues we face, in my opinion, are a symptom of a greater crisis, which is basically a political crisis,” Hamdok told journalists.
He cited divisions among pro-democracy demonstrators who spearheaded the anti-al-Bashir rallies in December 2018, as well as military disintegration as a “very troubling issue.”
Hamdok stated that his program aimed to press for military changes and ensure that armed groups, such as the formidable paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), were integrated into the military.
Tensions between the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces over integration have been reported in Sudanese media on several occasions.
Dismantling the remains of al-administration, Bashir’s addressing the economic crisis, and building a transitional legislative body are among the other items in Hamdok’s initiative.
Hamdok’s government reached a historic peace pact with rebel groups last year to resolve violence in several of the country’s border regions.
Only two important factions refused to sign the agreement.
Sudan and the major rebel component of Sudan’s People Liberation Movement –North, led by Abdelazizi al-Hilu, called off talks last week.
According to Sudanese media, integrating RSF into the armed forces was a major issue of controversy.
Hamdok’s latest remarks came amid mounting public outrage over recent economic reforms, which saw the government decrease gasoline and fuel subsidies.
Angry protestors clogged the streets with burning car tires in recent days, resulting in a wave of violent crime and looting in Khartoum.
Last week, Hamdok warned that if the country’s ruling political forces failed to work together, the country would descend into anarchy and instability.