Abdullah Hamdak

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November 30, 2021

Abdalla Hamdok (January 1, 1956) is a Sudanese politician and public administrator who is the 15th Prime Minister of Sudan. Prior to his appointment, Hamdok served in various national and international administrative positions. From November 2011 to October 2018, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The UNECA team described Hamdok as "a diplomat, a humble man and a brilliant and disciplined mind". In August 2019, Hamdok was considered a likely candidate for Prime Minister of Sudan for the Sudanese transition to democracy in 2019. Following the transfer of power from the Transitional Military Council to the Sudan Sovereignty Council, the Sovereignty Council appointed Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister during the transition period. He took over on August 21, 2019. On October 25, 2021, Hamdok was removed from the transitional government by a military coup. However, on November 21, 2021, all political prisoners were released and Abdalla Hamdok was reinstated as prime minister as part of an agreement with civilian political parties.

Education

Abdalla Hamdok holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Khartoum and a Ph.D. in Economic Studies from the University of Manchester.

Professional Career

From 1981 to 1987, Hamdok was a senior official in the Sudan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. In the 1990s, Hamdok held senior positions first at Deloitte & Touche and then at the International Labor Organization in Zimbabwe, followed by several years at the African Bank of Development in Côte d'Ivoire. Hamdok was Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance from 2003 to 2008. Hamdok briefly worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in 2001 and 2002 as Director for Regional Integration and Trade and , from 2011 to October 2018, was Deputy Executive Secretary of UNECA. The UNECA team described Hamdok as "a true pan-Africanist, a diplomat, a humble man and a brilliant and disciplined mind." recommendation.

Prime Minister of Sudan

Statements were made in June 2019 by a spokesman for the Forces for Freedom and Change (FLM) and in August 2019 by the Sudan Daily that Hamdok would be released as Prime Minister of Sudan by the LWF, which negotiated the Sudanese transition to democracy in 2019 with the Transitional Military Council. Transition procedures were formally defined in the Political Agreement signed on July 17, 2019 by the FLM and the CMT and in the Draft Constitutional Declaration signed by the FLM and the CMT on August 4, 2019. The Sudan Sovereignty Council appointed Hamdok as Prime Minister on August 20, as required by the Draft Constitutional Declaration. He was later sworn in on August 21st. Pursuant to Article 19 of the August 2019 Draft Constitutional Declaration, as minister during the transition period, Hamdok is prohibited (along with other senior transition leaders) from running in the 2022 Sudanese general elections, scheduled to end in the period of transition. As prime minister, Hamdok selected a cabinet of ministers. On October 4, 2019, he eliminated the leadership of Sudanese public universities, sacking 28 chancellors and 35 vice chancellors and appointed 34 vice chancellors. The aim was to replace people in positions of power representing the al-Bashir government.

Attempted assassination

On March 9, 2020, Hamdok survived an assassination attempt in the capital Khartoum. The culprit has not yet been publicly identified. At least three vehicles were damaged in the attempt, but there was no

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