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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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