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Hamdok intends to withdraw from 21 November agreement

Reports from the Middle East Eye have noted that Prime Minister Abdallah Hamok intends to withdraw from the November 21st agreement signed with coup leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and resign from his post.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

Middle East Eye also reported that the Prime Minister’s repeated wish to withdraw himself from the agreement and his position was due to disappointment with the excessive violence used against protesters and the cutting of internet and phone services.

A Sudanese source was quoted by Middle East Eye saying that ‘the prime minister is very frustrated, especially after the repeat of using violence against  protesters and the escalation measures of cutting the internet, phone calls and SMS messages.’

Internet and calling services were shutdown throughout the entire country in the early hours of the 25th of December, the date of a planned mass demonstration, for a period of over 10 hours.

Protesters marched on the streets on the 25th of December, where they had managed to breach the perimeter of the Republican Palace for the second time.

Security forces used heavy tear gas to disperse protesters, and the Sudanese Doctors Union – a non-government agency – reported that 8 people had been wounded by live ammunition, with 3 of them being declared unstable.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok signed an agreement on 21st of November with the coup leader, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to stop the bloodshed and help release political prisoners.

Despite the agreement made, the number of deaths during demonstrations continued to rise, with the overall number of casualties counted during protest marches reaching 48.

The UN and the international community had also released statements condemning the use of sexual violence by security forces against female demonstrators during the December 21st processions.

The UN spokesperson Pramilla Patten said that the organization was incredibly worried about the reports of the use of rape and gang rape against female protesters as a way to crack down on demonstrations in Sudan.

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