KHARTOUM (Abaypress)-Sudan’s prime minister cautioned on Tuesday that followers of the previous government may sow chaos and civil conflict as he defended reforms aimed at bringing the country out of a deep economic crisis and stabilizing a political transition.
Abdalla Hamdok made the remarks in a televised address, days after young men wielding clubs and sticks stopped roadways in Khartoum’s capital when fuel subsidies were removed.
After a popular rebellion prompted the army to depose veteran leader Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, Hamdok’s government is governed by a tenuous military-civilian power-sharing agreement.
The transition is expected to extend until the end of 2023, when elections will be held.
“The deterioration of the security situation is mostly due to the revolution’s disintegration, which created a vacuum that was exploited by its foes and remnants of the previous administration,” Hamdok added.
Sudan will continue to face internal and external challenges without reforming its large security system, which grew under Bashir as he fought many internal crises.
“These fragmentations can lead to instability and criminal domination by gangs and criminal groups, as well as the spread of conflict among all civilian groups and the possibility of civil war.”
Despite foreign accolades for economic changes after Bashir’s demise and progress toward debt relief, many Sudanese endure food shortages or have battled to make ends meet as prices have risen dramatically in the last year.
In May, inflation reached 379 percent, and daily power or water shortages are common.
Since 2018, when roadblocks have been deployed frequently in protests sparked by economic or political issues, a Reuters witness has seen greater aggressiveness surrounding the barriers erected in recent days.
The state government claimed that police and prosecutors would deal with the gangs responsible for the roadblocks, but there appeared to be little police presence on the streets.