Sudan’s ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Monday that the re – establishment of his government, dissolved in a military coup, could pave the way for a solution in the country, the ministry said.
Hamdok spoke during a meeting at his home, where he is under house arrest, with the ambassadors from the United States, Britain and Norway, said the ministry, which remains loyal to the prime minister.
On October 25, Sudan’s supreme general Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan dissolved the government as well as the ruling joint military-civilian sovereign council that had led Sudan’s transition to full civilian rule following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019. In a move widely condemned internationally , al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and imprisoned Sudan’s civilian leadership, including Hamdok and members of his government.
Hamdok, an international economist, was later released and placed under house arrest. The ousted prime minister “insisted on the legitimacy of his government and transitional institutions,” the information ministry said on its Facebook page. He added that “the release of Prime Ministers and a complete re-introduction of the government could pave the way for a solution”, the ministry said. According to the statement, Hamdok demanded that the situation in Sudan return to what it was before the coup and refused to negotiate with the military rulers.
The statement added that the three ambassadors also informed Hamdok that the US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, would arrive at dawn on Tuesday in Khartoum “to pursue efforts to alleviate the crisis.”
“Dangerous legal situation”
Earlier on Monday, a Sudanese lawyer representing the detained civilian leaders said their whereabouts were unknown and that they were in a “dangerous legal situation”. Kamal al-Gizouli is the leading defense lawyer in a team of lawyers who have come forward to represent them with the support of their families.
Gizouli said his team went to an agency “where they were believed to have been held but we discovered they were not there.”
Gizouli expressed concern about the well-being of the prisoners and urged those who held them to reveal their whereabouts. “These prisoners are in the most dangerous legal situation” because nothing was known about their case or who led the investigation, he added.
Little is known about where his cabinet and the members of the council were tasked with paving the way for full civilian rule. Burhan had chaired the council since August 2019 and worked with Hamdok’s government on a power-sharing agreement that described the transition to al-Bashir.
However, the event came under pressure as divisions between civilians and the military deepened. Jonas Horner, senior analyst for Sudan at the International Crisis Group (ICG), told Agence France-Presse (AFP) earlier on Monday that Hamdok will “discover that his political cache has been strengthened” by recent events, “and that he is actually strengthened from what was previously a relatively weak position. “
Horner cited, for example, Hamdok’s “principled stance” before refusing to dissolve his government. At a news conference last week, al-Burhan defended the military’s takeover, saying it was “not a coup” but a move to “correct the course of the transition.”
The general also said that the detainees were being held in “a decent place” and that those facing the charges “will be moved to where the accused are usually taken while the rest will be released.”
Sudanese and international efforts have been made to mediate a way out of the crisis since the coup.
“We urge all parties to mediate to resolve the crisis to demand that these ministers and politicians be known,” Gizouli said.
On Sunday, the UN Special Representative in Sudan, Volker Perthes, said that the options for mediation had been discussed with Hamdok and other Sudanese stakeholders.