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Sudan's Hamdok quits as premier after failing to restore civilian government


KHARTOUM, (Reuters) - Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said yesterday he was resigning, six weeks after returning to his post in a deal with military coup leaders he argued could save a transition toward democracy.

Hamdok, who had failed to name a government as protests continued against the military takeover in October, said a roundtable discussion was needed to produce a new agreement for Sudan's political transition.

"I decided to give back the responsibi­lity and announce my resignatio­n as prime minister, and give a chance to another man or woman of this noble country to ... help it pass through what's left of the transition­al period to a civilian democratic country," Hamdok said in a televised address.

The announceme­nt throws Sudan's political future even deeper into uncertaint­y, three years after an uprising­trife-2022-01-02 that led to the overthrow of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

An economist and former United Nations official widely respected by the internatio­nal community, Hamdok­lla-hamdok-2022-01-02 became prime minister under a power-sharing agreement between the military and civilians following Bashir's overthrow.

Ousted and placed under house arrest by the military during a coup on Oct. 25, he was reinstated in November.

But the deal for his return was denounced by many in the civilian coalition that had previously supported him and by protesters who continued to hold mass demonstrat­ions against military rule.

Yesterday Hamdok said he had tried in vain to forge a consensus between deeply divided factions that would have allowed for the completion of a peace process signed with some rebel groups in 2020, and the preparatio­n of elections in 2023.

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