Abdalla Hamdok

  1. Two killed in Sudan protests over new governor

    Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok
    Image caption: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appointed 18 civilian governors sparking tribal rivalries

    At least two people were killed when a protest march turned violent in Sudan's Kassala state over the appointment of a new governor.

    Two ethnic groups - Beni Amer and Beja - clashed over the nomination of Governor Salah Ammar of the Beni Amer community.

    Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has sent a ministerial delegation to the state.

    The acting governor Arbab El Fadul has imposed a three-day curfew in the state and police have been deployed to enforce it.

    Supporters of the new governor want him to quickly arrive in Kassala and assume office, while the rival ethnic community has rejected his appointment.

    The disputed governor in his Eid al-Adha address said his arrival had been delayed because of the protests over his nomination.

    Prime Minister Hamdok appointed 18 civilian governors sparking tribal rivalries in some states.

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    Video caption: Hamdok: Sudan’s real struggle is on the economic front

    A 30 year bad legacy cannot be put right overnight, says Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

  3. Sudan's PM fires ministers over slow reforms

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Protesters in Khartoum calling for reforms and  justice for those killed in anti-government demonstrations last year - 30 June 2020
    Image caption: At the end of June protesters in Khartoum called for reforms to be speeded up

    Sudan's prime minister has replaced seven key ministers after protests over the slow pace of reform following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir as president last year.

    Abdalla Hamdok dismissed the health minister and accepted the resignations of the six others - including those in charge of finance, foreign affairs, and energy, the government said.

    Correspondents say the Sudanese economy was already in a crisis before the impact of the coronavirus so the new finance minister faces a daunting task amid worsening food and fuel shortages.

    On Sunday Mr Hamdok - who heads a power-sharing interim government with the military - replaced the police chief and his deputy.

    Correction 9 July 2020: This story has been updated to reflect that seven ministers have been replaced in total, not four as originally reported.

  4. FBI in Sudan to help probe assassination attempt

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Sudanese investigators at the scene of the assassination attempt in Khartoum - Monday 9 March 2020
    Image caption: The prime minister's motorcade was attack as he was on his way to work

    A team from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to help with enquiries into a failed assassination attempt against the prime minister.

    Abdalla Hamdok's convoy was attacked with explosives and gunfire on Monday.

    It is not yet clear who was behind the attack and the arrival of the three US investigators follows a call from the Sudanese authorities for foreign assistance.

    Mr Hamdok, an economist, was appointed to head the transitional government following the overthrow last April of the long-standing President, Omar al-Bashir.

    Correspondents say there are concerns over Sudan's stability given some once powerful personalities are opposed to the widespread political and security reforms taking place.

  5. Attack on Sudan PM condemned

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    Video caption: What can Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok do to keep safe?

    What can Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok do to keep safe?

  6. Sudan 'to pay Kenya and Tanzania terror victims'

    Sudan prime minister Ahmed Hamdok
    Image caption: Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has just concluded his first US visit

    Sudan has promised to pay compensation to families of victims of the 1998 US embassies bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

    Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in an interview with the US-based newspaper that his country would give the compensation to Kenyan and Tanzanian families in a few weeks.

    However, lawyers for victims of the bombings are not convinced that this will happen, Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper reports.

    Mr Hamdok was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal during his first official visit to the US, where he asked for the removal of Sudan from the US terrorism list.

    He was quoted as saying that Sudan had consulted at length with the US and met most of the requirements for its removal from the list.

    He added that only two major obstacles remained: settling the cases related to the bombings and co-operating with the US in combating terrorism.

    US courts have held Sudan liable for $10bn (£7.6bn) in damages - $5.9bn of which they say should go to survivors of the 1998 attack.

    More than 220 people were killed in the co-ordinated bombings in the two cities, and nearly 5,000 people were injured.

    The bombings were carried out by al-Qaeda, which was accused of running training camps in Sudan.

    A lawyer involved in the case, Chicago-based Gavriel Mairone, wrote to the Daily Nation to say he had contacted the Sudanese government's lawyers, and had outlined "creative proposals" to resolve the dispute.

    "The road forward requires the government of Sudan to demonstrate its commitment to international norms through deeds, and not merely aspirational words," he wrote.