Sudan’s PM Hamdok Was Privy To Military Takeover, Says Top General

Abdalla Hamdok
  • Hamdok was deposed by the military on October 25 but reinstated as interim premier after signing a deal…

EKO HOT BLOG reports that the deputy head of Sudan’s governing sovereign council, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, has disclosed that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was aware of last month’s military takeover before it happened and was “completely agreeable” to it.

Hamdok was deposed by the military on October 25 but reinstated as interim premier after signing a deal on Sunday with Sudan’s top general to restore the transition to civilian rule.

“What happened on October 25 was the ultimate outcome of a long process. Many discussions were made, and many initiatives proposed,” Dagalo, also known as Hemeti, told Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview released on Friday.

“The prime minister himself proposed two initiatives during the meetings. We were left with three options, the best of which was the move we took, and it was completely agreeable to the prime minister himself,” said Dagalo. “We did not make such a move on our own.”

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Dagalo said the military takeover was “the best option to stop what was becoming a spiralling crisis”.

Al Jazeera reports that Dagalo’s claims about Hamdok were “bold” allegations since many Sudanese people have been asking whether he was part of the military takeover or had been aware it would happen.

“When I asked him, he said he didn’t know that the military coup was coming,” said Atas, referring to a recent interview with the prime minister after he was reinstated this week.

“Now the deputy chairman says they had actually discussed it with Hamdok and he knew of the military takeover before it took place,” said Atas.

“People were already questioning his independence. After this allegation, people will question his legitimacy even more,” he added.

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