Middle East, Africa

Western envoys to Sudan call for restoration of Hamdok’s liberties

Envoys of Germany, France, Britain, Norway, EU, US and UN met with deposed premier at his residence

Ekip   | 28.10.2021
Western envoys to Sudan call for restoration of Hamdok’s liberties Sudanese people take the streets after the 'military coup' attempt in Khartoum, Sudan on October 25, 2021. Political parties on Monday called for a general strike and protests in Sudan, following a military takeover of the civilian government and arrest of top officials. Officials in Khartoum said Monday that the Sudanese military arrested Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and members of his government. ( Ömer Erdem - Anadolu Agency )

KHARTOUM, Sudan 

Western ambassadors to Sudan called on the country’s military rulers Wednesday to fully restore the liberties of deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

In a statement on Twitter, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission Sudan (UNITAMS) said the ambassadors of Germany, France, Britain, Norway and the European Union as well as the US Charge d’Affaires and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sudan met with Hamdok at his residence in the capital Khartoum.

"Pleased to find him in good health. We continue to call for full restoration of his liberty," UNITAMS added.

Commenting on the meeting, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Hamdok is not fully released and “remains under guard."

Rallies and protests took place for a third day in Khartoum against what was described as "a military coup."

On Monday, the head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the transitional Sovereign Council and government.

The move was slammed by the African Union, which suspended Sudan from all its activities until it restores civilian rule, and the World Bank also decided to suspend aid to the country.

Before the military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian authorities which had been overseeing the transition period until elections slated for 2023 as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change coalition.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar in Ankara

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