November 22, 2021 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has welcomed the reinstatement of the Sudanese Prime Minister nearly a month after he was ousted in a military coup last October.
In line with a political agreement inked on November 21, Abdallah Hamdok has been reinstated as Prime Minister, restoring a civilian government that he would form.
“His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit has welcomed and lauded the decision of the Sudanese leaders to break the impasse by themselves. This is a demonstration of leadership,” reads a statement issued by Presidential Affairs Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin.
“The President congratulates the Sudanese people and their leaders for taking such a bold decision,” he further added.
The statement stressed that stability requires taking painful decisions but that is what leadership necessitates.
Hamdok negotiated the deal which was brokered by a group of Sudanese figures and politicians who feared that the one-month crisis would lead the country to civil war.
Speaking to the Sudan Tribune, Marial said Kiir spoke by telephone with al-Burhan and Hamdok to congratulate them on the decision they took to return the country on the path of peace and stability.
President Salva Kiir “assure them of his support and the support of the government of South Sudan”, he added.
For its part, the foreign ministry in Juba stated that the South Sudanese leader appealed to the Sudanese leaders to continue with the dialogue and further expressed hope that the country’s leaders will extend a similar gesture to political forces that were not part of the agreement.