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Sudan has Appointed a Prime Minister to Govern During the Transitional Period

Abdalla Hamdok says that peace and resolving the economic crisis are his top priorities.

Earlier this month, the leader of the main opposition coalition, Ahmed Rabie, and Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), signed a constitutional declaration just shortly after signing their first power-transfer deal. The declaration detailed how a Sovereign Council, consisting of six civilians and five members of the military, would oversee the governing of Sudan during the three-year transitional period to complete civilian rule. Recently, Abdalla Hamdok, was sworn in as the transitional prime minister, according to the BBC. His appointment comes after Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan was appointed the leader of the Sovereign Council, Aljazeera reports.


Hamdok served as a senior economist at the UN for close to a decade and stepped down from his position last year. With very little ties (if at all) to former President Omar al-Bashir, save that he refused al-Bashir's nomination to become Sudan's Finance Minister back in 2018, Hamdok appears to be a somewhat neutral party.

Speaking about his intended course of action in his new role, Hamdok said that, "The government's top priorities are to stop the war, build sustainable peace, address the severe economic crisis and build a balanced foreign policy."

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Sudan has been through an incredibly tumultuous political time. Following the ousting of al-Bashir back in April after nationwide protests, the military took over to "maintain order" in the country. However, since the military's rule began, many Sudanese civilians have lost their lives. The deadly crackdown of June 3rd saw over 100 protesters staging a sit-in in the capital Khartoum, lose their lives after the military ordered their violent dispersal. A month later, four students were killed by snipers at a mass demonstration in the city of El-Obeid.

It is hoped by many that Hamdok's appointment along with that of the Sovereign Council will usher in a new dawn for Sudan.

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South African filmmaker Carmen Sangion unpacks her short film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

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For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

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