Sudan PM alleges US of undermining democratic transition

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Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has alleged United States of undermining the country’s democratic transition through its economic sanctions.

The Prime Minister during an interview with Financial Times stated that the US’ designation of Sudan as state sponsor of terrorism jeopardises its democratic transition.

Hamdok lamented, “We are isolated from the world.”
He said that it was unjust to treat Sudan as a pariah state more than 20 years after it expelled Osama Bin Laden, and a year after it overthrew the regime that harboured him.

“Sudanese people have never been terrorists,” he stated.
“This was the deeds of the former regime” led by the ousted President Omar Al-Bashir.

Hamdok had the expectation that making peace with rebel groups would help relieve Sudan’s economy because it would also save money through reducing the budget of the army from 80 per cent to between 10 and 15 per cent as Sudan is no longer a “war economy”.

Speaking about the normalisation of ties with Israel in return for lifting US sanctions, Hamdok affirmed, “We would like to see these two tracks addressed separately. We believe we have ticked boxes for us to be removed.”

He emphasized that the best option was to reform the Sudanese judiciary so that it could prosecute the ousted president itself.

The ICC has accused Al-Bashir, who is being sued in Khartoum over the 1989 coup which made him president, of genocide in relation to the conflict in Darfur in the 2000s.

Meanwhile, it was gathered that Hamdok had discussed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) the possibility of it trying Al-Bashir, possibly in a “hybrid court” in Sudan.