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Abdalla Hamdok biography: 13 things about Sudan’s prime minister

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Abdalla Hamdok Al-Kinani is a Sudanese public administrator. He was born in Al-Dibaibat, Sudan.

The Aldibaibat native earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Khartoum in Khartoum, Sudan. He earned his master’s degree and PhD from the School of Economic Studies of the University of Manchester in Manchester, England, United Kingdom.

Abdalla and his wife Muna Abdalla have two children together. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. From 1981 to 1987, he served as a senior official in Sudan’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.
  2. From 1993 to 1995, he worked for Deloitte & Touche Management Consultants in Zimbabwe as the head of the public sector group and a member of the management committee.
  3. From 1995 to 1997, he was the chief technical advisor of the International Labour Organization in Zimbabwe.
  4. From 1997 to 2001, he worked as a principal policy economist at the African Development Bank in Côte d’Ivoire.
  5. From 2001 to 2002, he worked for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as director of regional integration and trade.
  6. From 2003 to 2008, he served the International IDEA as regional director for Africa and the Middle East.
  7. From November 2011 to October 2018, he was the UNECA deputy executive secretary.
  8. In September 2018, he refused the nomination as Sudan’s minister of finance.
  9. From August 21, 2019 to October 25, 2021, he was the president of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan.
  10. On October 4, 2019, he purged the leadership of the public Sudanese universities by dismissing 28 chancellors and 35 vice-chancellors and appointing 34 vice-chancellors.
  11. On March 9, 2020, a car explosion targeted him and his motorcade in an assassination attempt in Khartoum. There were no casualties and no suspects.
  12. On October 25, 2021, the Sudanese military headed by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan arrested him and other senior government figures in a coup d’état. On October 26, 2021, he was released and he returned to his home in the Kafouri neighborhood of Khartoum with his wife.
  13. On November 21, 2021, he assumed office as the 15th prime minister of Sudan. On January 2, 2022, he announced his resignation.
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