Abdalla Hamdok, born 1956 in south-central Kordofan province. Studied at a Sudanese military academy and later in Egypt and Jordan. Appointed Inspector General of the army in February by President Bashir. Named as head of TMC after removal of Mr Bashir. Coordinated sending Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition.
He took over the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) job since November 2011. He has over 30 years of experience as a senior policy analyst and economist addressing diverse development challenges of the African policy landscape, primarily in the fields of governance, institutional analysis, public sector reforms, regional integration and resource management.
From 2001 onwards, Mr. Hamdok headed successively ECA’s portfolio of activities on development policy management, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and regional integration, and governance and public administration. By way of an interlude from 2003 to 2008, he served the International IDEA as Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East.
Earlier, Abdalla Hamdok held the positions of:
- Chief Technical Advisor (1995-1997) at the International Labour Organization, Zimbabwe;
- Principal Policy Economist (1997-2001) at the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire;
- Head of the Public Sector Group and Member of the management committee (1993-1995) at Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants, Zimbabwe;
- senior official (1981-1987) at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Sudan
Abdalla Hamdok holds a PhD and a Master of Arts from the School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Prime Minister of Sudan
Sudan’s new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was sworn in on Wednesday 21 August 2019 as leader of a transitional government, and vowed to make achieving peace and solving the country’s economic crisis a priority. The nomination is the first step towards the creation of a transitional government that will prepare for free elections after the overthrow of veteran autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in April following months of unrest. The development came after protracted negotiations between the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which has ruled Sudan since April, and the opposition alliance known as the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC).
Sudanese economist Amin Hassan Sayed Ahmed said Hamdok had good connections in the African Union and United Nations and might help get Sudan removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which has impeded Khartoum’s access to IMF and World Bank funding.
“I think he knows how to get in through the system, much more than anyone else who tried before,” said Sayed Ahmed.
“We wish Dr. Abdalla Hamdok success in one of the hardest periods in the history of our country and people, a period that the revolutionary Sudanese people are looking forward to and observing with hopefulness,” the Sudanese Professionals Association, the group that spearheaded the protest movement and is part of the FFC, said in a statement.
The appointment of the renowned economist came as General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the outgoing head of the military council, was sworn in as leader of the new Sovereign Council that will run the country for three years until an election after decades of autocratic rule.
The nomination of Hamdok to the role underlines the daunting task of repairing an economy that was battered by years of U.S. sanctions and government mismanagement during Bashir’s 30-year rule.
A shortage of foreign currency, resulting in a cash crunch and long lines for fuel and bread, triggered the protests that helped push Bashir out. The dramatic changes in Sudan have evoked memories of the Arab Spring uprisings that swept across many of the region’s countries in 2011.
Those upheavals raised hopes of political and economic reforms in countries such as Egypt, where the army watched patiently from the sidelines and then capitalised on the turmoil to widen its influence in politics.
“The revolution’s deep-rooted slogan, ‘freedom, peace and justice’ will form the programme of the transitional period,” Abdalla Hamdok told reporters at a news conference in the capital Khartoum.
“I think with the right vision, with the right policies, we will be able to address this economic crisis,” Hamdok said after the swearing-in ceremony.
“We will have a plan that will address the immediate challenges through our recovery program, addressing the felt need by the people: issues of inflation, availability of commodities, wheat, fuel, medicine and all that.”
UK, US and Norway statement on the new Prime Minister in Sudan
The Troika countries (United Kingdom, United States and Norway) congratulate Dr. Abdalla Hamdok on his appointment as prime minister by the Sovereign Council and welcome the extensive professional experience he brings to the role.
We welcome this step in creating a civilian-led government. As Prime Minister Hamdok begins the process of selecting ministers and identifying the government’s priorities, we look forward to working with Sudan’s new institutions.
At this historic moment, Sudan has a unique opportunity to establish peace within its borders, draft a constitution that enshrines human rights protections and empowers all Sudanese, including women and youth, and create the infrastructure for free and fair elections.
We encourage all sides to engage in good faith to deliver these goals, in particular urging the armed movements to engage constructively with the new Government to achieve peace.
We will continue to support Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government as it conducts an investigation of the violence perpetrated against peaceful demonstrators and holds those responsible to account.
The appointment of a civilian-led government presents an opportunity to rebuild a stable economy and create a government that respects human rights and personal freedoms. Prime Minister Hamdok will have the Troika’s support in achieving these objectives.
Abdalla Hamdok Quick Facts
- From 1981 to 1987, he was a senior official at Sudan’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, before taking on a number of leadership roles at several different institutions including the African Development Bank and the International Labour Organization.
- He last served as deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, a post he held since November 2011.
- He holds a bachelor of science from the University of Khartoum and a doctorate in economic studies from the University of Manchester in the UK.
- Abdalla Hamdok was sworn in as Sudan’s new prime minister, leading the country’s transitional cabinet months after a mass protest movement forced the military removal of long-time authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir.