22.11.2021(Khartoum) Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok said on Monday that preserving the economic gains achieved during the past two years was among the reasons that prompted him to return to his position under an agreement with the army.
In an interview with Reuters at his residence in Khartoum, where he was under house arrest after the military coup on October 25, Hamdok said, “We expect the performance of the technocratic government will have a positive impact on the economy and the livelihood of citizens.”
Prominent political parties and Sudan’s main protest movement opposed Hamdok decision to sign the deal with the army on Sunday, and some said the agreement gave the coup political cover.
He added, “We will continue our communication with international financial institutions, and the new year’s budget, which will start in January, will continue the approach of economic reform and open the doors for investment in Sudan.”
“Among the reasons for my return is to preserve economic gains and economic openness to the world,” Hamdok said.
Hamdok said the government might also work to finalize a peace agreement signed last year with some rebel groups to end years of conflict.
“Maintaining peace, implementing the Juba Agreement, and completing the peace process with the parties that did not sign the Juba Agreement are at the top of the new government’s agenda,” Hamadok.
“We are committed to the democratic path, preserving freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and greater openness to the world,” PM Hamadk concluded .