KHARTOUM: At a time of tension within the civilian-military administration, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has criticised the large corporate holdings of the defence sector as “unacceptable.”
In the middle of youth-led pro-democracy street demonstrations, the transitional government is governing Sudan after the ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir by the army last year.
On Monday, Hamdok, an economist, spoke after the U.S. removed Sudan off its list of state terrorist supporters, a label that dates back to a time when Bashir hosted Islamist militants.
The Prime Minister criticised the fact that the large military and defence sector in Sudan dominates huge business interests in fields ranging from coal to agriculture.
In the nation, every army invests in security firms,’ he added.
“But doing so in the productive sector and thus competing with the private sector is unacceptable for the military and/or security services.”