By Sonia Harim
Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, survived an assassination attempt in Khartoum this past 9th March. His convoy car was not affected, but the loud blast hit cars nearby, and the leader was able to escape, revealing that he is “safe and in shape”.
Ever since the explosion, he has stated that in spite of the attack to his person, the political liberation path of Sudan will not slow down nor stop – although it is obvious that the way towards democracy in Sudan has its opponents, local and regional.
No group or individual took responsibility for the attack, but meanwhile Sudan’s security council is investigating and asking help from friendly countries in order to find the responsible of the attack to the prime minister. It would be no surprise, however, that sympathizers of Al-Bashir’s regime are behind the attack. Shortly after the attack, the state’s prosecutors began investigating who could be behind the attack and arrested some suspects.
The long path of negotiations for democracy in Sudan and the changes in legislation, especially those affecting women’s rights, may have angered conservative groups – it’s important to remember that Sudan has been living under an Islamic government for 30 years, and that Al-Bashir counted with allies in several Arab countries and militias inside Sudan.
The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which also lead the anti-Al-Bashir movement, is calling for cohesion and unity for the civilian rule, as now that a threat appeared, it is more important than ever to be united as a people for the common well-being.
The major tasks for Hamdok’s government have been to solve the social and economic issues that the country is facing since Al-Bashir came to power – as well as dealing with Sudan’s rebel groups and reinforcing ties with international governments. The people who have fought for months for peace and a better situation in Sudan must see the results and improvement in their quality of life, knowing that there is a way “beyond the military and beyond Al-Bashir”.
- Will Hamdok manage to tackle the offenses against his government and his reforms, while keeping the army’s power at bay?
- Will the international community find interest in helping Sudan become a full democracy, if the terrorists are the common enemy?