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PM Hamdok: Sudan govt set to restore justice, rebuild army

December 27 - 2019 KHARTOUM
The Friendship Hall in Khartoum after maintenance supported by the Embassy of China in Sudan, November 2014 (wajl.net)
The Friendship Hall in Khartoum after maintenance supported by the Embassy of China in Sudan, November 2014 (wajl.net)

In his speech on the occasion of the first anniversary of the December revolution at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum on Wednesday, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok pledged to restore the Rule of Law in the country and to restructure Sudan’s armed forces. Rebel leader Abdelwahid El Nur addressed the audience through a Skype connection. On Thursday, Hamdok paid a visit to relatives of protesters killed during the December revolution.

Hamdok explained in his speech that his government’s work is based on five basic issues: Identity and governance, anti-marginalisation measures, unconditional access to humanitarian aid for people in the war-affected areas, broad social reconciliation, and the rebuilding of a national army on the basis of a new military doctrine “in which the Sudanese can recognise themselves”.

Hamdok explained that his government’s work is based on five basic issues: Identity and governance, anti-marginalisation measures, unconditional access to humanitarian aid for people in the war-affected areas, broad social reconciliation, and the rebuilding of a national army on the basis of a new military doctrine “in which the Sudanese can recognise themselves”.

The prime minister affirmed his government’s commitment to promote human rights, combat the widespread corruption and recover stolen funds.

“We are committed to the Rule of Law. Every murderer or corrupt person will be prosecuted. Those involved in war crimes and genocide will not escape their fate as this concerns crimes that are not time-limited,” he said.

He stressed that peace cannot not be sustainable if it is not supported by all stakeholders. Therefore, the government plans to hear the views in a number of social consultations.

As for the economic crisis, Hamdok said the government is well aware of the suffering of the people because of the soaring food prices and the shortages of bread, medicines, and fuel.

He stressed his government’s efforts to provide a decent livelihood for all Sudanese, and pointed out that the 2020 budget will focus on poverty alleviation and substantially increase the funds for health and education.

Sudan Liberation Movement

In a speech via Skype on the occasion of the first anniversary of the December revolution, Abdelwahid El Nur, head of the mainstream Sudan Liberation Movement in Darfur, called for a comprehensive solution, “far from quotas of positions”, to the Sudanese crisis.

Referring to the armed movements who entered the peace talks in Juba, he stated that “those who call for power-sharing are the first enemies of the people.

“Time has come for peace,” he said. “Yet, we want a true peace that generates a sense of belonging to this country, a peace that realises the rights of civilians.”

El Nur has categorically rejected to enter peace negotiations with a military government. Another condition is that the government militias are disarmed.

“The solution for his movement to move forward in the peace process lies with the military in the Sovereign Council to hand over full power to the people,” he said in an interview with Radio Dabanga in early October. “Then all Sudanese can sit together to determine the crisis of Sudan and its solutions.”

The rebel leader said he addressed the event upon an invitation from the districts Resistance Committees.

Victims

On Thursday, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Omar Manis, visited the Organisation of the Families of People Killed during the Uprising in Khartoum.

They were briefed on the organisation's activities by the board members, who also presented a number of demands to the government, the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) reported yesterday.     

PM Abdallah Hamdok and Cabinet Affairs Minister Omar Manis pay a visit to
relatives of protesters killed during the December revolution, December 26, 2019 (SUNA)

   

 


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