Hamdok Says Sudan Government Seeks to Establish Partnership with the Army
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok ruled out differences between the civilian and military members of the Sovereign Council, the country’s ruling body.
On the contrary, he stressed that his government was seeking to establish a partnership, which will be “a model in the region and the world,” to spare the Sudanese people the same fate of Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Hamdok described the performance of the current ministers as “satisfactory”, noting that a cabinet reshuffle would be made when necessary, in consultation with the forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change, as stipulated in the constitutional document governing the transitional period.
The Sudanese premier is scheduled to leave in the next few days on a tour that includes Kuwait, Kenya and Djibouti.
During an interview with Sudan TV, Hamdok said his government has started with the implementation of a rescue economic program, admitting that the Sudanese people of limited income were suffering from the deterioration of the country’s economic conditions.
While he stressed the availability of basic commodities, including fuel and flour, he noted that the crisis lied in the distribution of necessities and asserted that the government was trying to reach a workable solution.
Asked about the monetary crisis, Hamdok underlined that the devaluation of the Sudanese pound against the US dollar in the parallel market was mainly due to currency traders taking advantage of the crisis to make personal profits.
The Sudanese prime minister said that his country did not have foreign exchange reserves to protect the value of the pound, pointing to a “structural defect” behind the currency problem.
The US dollar was sold for 100 SDG in cash transactions on Monday, compared with 88 SDG a week ago, with the gap widening with the official price of 45 SDG per dollar.