Newly-freed Sudanese PM tells CNN why he took military deal

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Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson, Sudan’s newly reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said that he compromised in a deal with the country’s military in order to “avoid bloodshed” and a civil war.

Hamdok and other ministers were detained during a military coup last month that saw the country’s power-sharing government dissolved before being reinstated on Sunday as part of a deal between the military and civilian leadership in the country.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Hamdok said he “regretted the bloodshed” that had followed the October 25 coup; he said the agreement had been signed in order to “avoid further killing.”

“This a not a personal interest for me,” he said. “There is a motto that says you will die for country. I took the right decision.”

Hamdok, who had been held under house arrest until Sunday, called the agreement with the military imperfect and deficient, but said the decision to sign it was taken in order to avoid a catastrophe.

“There is a perfect agreement and there is a workable agreement. If you wait for a perfect agreement, you will be waiting too long and it will be too late,” he said.