It could either go bad or ‘Hamdoki’ for Sudan as future hangs in ...


It could either go bad or ‘Hamdoki’ for Sudan as future hangs in balance

The government seeks aid to avoid a catastrophe with possible implications for the region

Campbell MacDiarmid

Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok is so well-liked in Khartoum that his name has become synonymous with good. When things are going well, they are said to be “Hamdoki”. “Thank you Hamdok” has become a popular hashtag. But these days in Sudan’s capital, there is less to be thankful for.

Hamdok is a popular leader in an unenviable role. He leads a bankrupt country facing a billion-dollar bill for a peace agreement aimed at ending decades of civil war. People’s hopes are buoyed by recent success in toppling a dictator, but with the economy in free fall, life is getting tougher daily.

“We hope our friends come to our rescue,” Hamdok said from his office in Khartoum...

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