Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has resigned, less than two months after he signed a political agreement with the military.

In a televised speech, Hamdok late on Sunday said a roundtable discussion is needed to come to a new agreement.

Sudan forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-coup protesters
The move came after Sudanese security forces violently dispersed pro-democracy protesters, killing at least two people, a medical group said. The demonstrations were the latest to protest a military coup that rattled the country’s fragile transition to democracy.

Thousands had taken to the streets in Khartoum and other cities across the country to denounce the October 25 takeover, and a subsequent deal that reinstated the prime minister but sidelined the pro-democracy movement.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD) which is part of the pro-democracy movement, said one of the dead was hit “violently” in his head while taking part in a protest march in Khartoum. The second was shot in his chest in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, it added.

The group said dozens of protesters were injured.

Sunday’s fatalities have brought the death toll among protesters since the coup to at least 56, according to the medical group. Hundreds have also been wounded.

The October military takeover upended a fragile planned transition to democratic rule following a popular uprising that forced the military’s overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir and his government in April 2019.

Hamdok, a former United Nations official seen as the civilian face of Sudan’s transitional government, was reinstated in November amid international pressure in a deal that called for an independent technocratic Cabinet under military oversight led by him.

That deal, however, was rejected by the pro-democracy movement, which insists that power be handed over to a fully civilian government tasked with leading the transition.



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