The Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has revealed to a group of national political and intellectual figures that he intends to resign in the coming hours, reports have said.
On November 21, Hamdok was reinstated following a coup a month earlier that saw the military seize power and end a transitional partnership with political parties.
Sources reveal that despite several political forces participating in drafting the agreement, the deal has faced widespread criticism from parties and the general public.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched on the presidential palace on Saturday rejecting both military rule and Hamdok’s decision to return.
According to the PM, the move to return was in a bid to preserve gains made during the transition and end bloodshed.
So far, about 47 people have died in crackdowns on protests against military rule, among them two that died during Saturday’s protest. On Tuesday, the United Nations said that it had received reports of rape or gang rape of 13 women and girls.
A few people close to Hamdok said that previously, he would only stay in office if he had political support and if the deal was enforced.
The agreement urged the military to release political detainees, shield the freedom of expression and allow Hamdok to independently appoint a new cabinet.
A weekend statement indicated that Hamdok had said Sudan was inching towards “the abyss,” pointing at political intransigence and lack of consensus on a new political agreement.
The group Hamdok spoke to on Tuesday called on him to stay in his position but he insisted he would leave, the sources added.