Abdalla Hamdok

Abdalla Hamdok Al-Kinani (also transliterated Abdallah,[1] Hamdouk,[1] AlKinani;[1] Arabic: عبدالله حمدوك الكناني; born 1 January 1956)[2] is a Sudanese public administrator who served as the 15th Prime Minister of Sudan from 2019 to 2022. Prior to his appointment, Hamdok served in numerous national and international administrative positions.[3] From November 2011 to October 2018, he was Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).[3][4] UNECA staff described Hamdok as "[a] diplomat, a humble man and a brilliant and disciplined mind".[4] In August 2019, Hamdok was suggested as a likely candidate for Prime Minister of Sudan for the 2019 Sudanese transition to democracy.[1][5]

Abdalla Hamdok
عبدالله حمدوك
Hamdok in 2019
15th Prime Minister of Sudan
In office
21 November 2021  2 January 2022
PresidentAbdel Fattah al-Burhan
Preceded byHimself
In office
21 August 2019  25 October 2021
PresidentSovereignty Council
Preceded byMohamed Tahir Ayala
Succeeded byHimself
Personal details
Born (1956-01-01) 1 January 1956 (age 66)
Al-Dibaibat, Sudan
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Forces of Freedom and Change (until 2021)
Spouse(s)Muna Abdalla
EducationUniversity of Khartoum
University of Manchester

Following the transfer of power from the Transitional Military Council to the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, the Sovereignty Council appointed Hamdok as Prime Minister during the transitional period. He was sworn in on 21 August 2019.[2] He was kidnapped and moved to an undisclosed location during the October 2021 Sudanese coup d'état.[6] The European Union, the United States, and other Western powers have stated that they continued to recognise the Hamdok cabinet as "the constitutional leaders of the transitional government".[7] On 21 November 2021, all political prisoners were freed and Hamdok was reinstated as prime minister as part of an agreement with the military.[8][9] However, Hamdok resigned on 2 January 2022 amid continuing protests.

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