Who is Abdalla Hamdok, Sudan Leader Ousted in Coup


Until a navy coup in Sudan, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had the daunting job of attempting to liberalize his nation and lead it to democracy after three a long time of dictatorship, whereas revitalizing its battered economic system and normalizing relations with the world.

On Monday night, his whereabouts remained unknown.

Mr. Hamdok, 65, an economist by occupation, had spent a lot of his profession working in worldwide establishments. But in August 2019, he joined a three-year transitional authorities that was shaped after a revolution that overthrew the dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir and left greater than 100 Sudanese useless.

At the outset, the opposition coalition, Force of Freedom and Change, and the military’s Transitional Military Council agreed to manipulate collectively, laying a groundwork for transition to a completely civilian authorities and democratic elections in 2022. But in latest weeks, there have been quite a few indicators that the military was unwilling to relinquish energy, and expose itself to investigation of abuses through the Bashir regime.

Last 12 months, Mr. Hamdok survived an assassination try in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. “We paid a hefty price for this revolution for a better tomorrow and for sustainable peace,” he wrote on Twitter after the assault. “Our revolution should always be guarded by its peacefulness.”

His authorities repealed Bashir-era legal guidelines that positioned restrictions on ladies like what they may examine and put on, outlawed feminine genital mutilation and appointed ladies to steer 5 authorities ministries.

In the times earlier than the coup, Mr. Hamdok was as a consequence of journey to Saudi Arabia to attend the Middle East Green Initiative Summit, which is geared toward lowering carbon emissions and commenced on Monday. But over the weekend, after assembly with navy members of the Sovereignty Council that had been operating the nation, he determined towards leaving the nation, in accordance with an official from his workplace who was in hiding and spoke on the situation of anonymity for worry of reprisals.

“He realized after that meeting that they were up to no good, that this moment was inevitable,” the official stated in a telephone interview.

Mr. Hamdok and his spouse have been faraway from their residence round 3:30 a.m., the official stated. “Only God and the people who took him know where he is,” he stated.

Before coming into authorities, Mr. Hamdok had labored for a few years for the United Nations, most lately as deputy government secretary of its Economic Commission for Africa from 2011 to 2018.

He earned an undergraduate diploma from the University of Khartoum and a doctorate in financial research from the University of Manchester, in England. During the Eighties, he labored as a senior official for Sudan’s ministry of finance financial planning.

But after Mr. al-Bashir, then a military normal, took energy in navy coup in 1989, Mr. Hamdok principally labored overseas.

Before becoming a member of the U.N., he labored for Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants in Zimbabwe. He additionally labored as an economist on the African Development Bank in Ivory Coast, and as an adviser on the International Labor Organization.

Mr. Hamdok was additionally regional director of Africa and the Middle East for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an intergovernmental group that helps democratic establishments.

Abdi Latif Dahir contributed reporting.