AA / Sudan
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, deposed by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, had been “released” and returned to his home in the capital, Khartoum, under close surveillance, Sudanese media reported on Tuesday. .
At dawn on Monday, the military arrested party leaders, ministers, as well as the prime minister and his wife. Al-Burhan announced the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and Ministers (the transitional authorities), pledged to form a government of independent powers, and declared a state of emergency.
The one who has so far overseen the transition in the country, has also dismissed governors and announced the suspension of certain measures of the constitutional charter relating to the management of the transition phase.
In a flash news posted on its website, the newspaper “Sudan” indicated that “Prime Minister Hamdok was released and brought back to his home in the Kafouri area, in the midst of a military deployment in the perimeter of his house. “.
The website of the newspaper “Al Mashhad al Sudani” also reported, citing sources on condition of anonymity in Khartoum, that “Hamdouk returned to his home in Kafouri, while a military guard was deployed around his house. to protect it ”.
The two local newspapers did not provide more details, while no official statement in reaction to this information was issued immediately.
Earlier on Tuesday, Al-Burhan overturned Hamdok’s arrest at a press conference, saying, “he is at my house to keep his safety, he leads his life normally and will return to his home.”
On Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his condemnation of the “military coup” and called for “the immediate release of the Prime Minister and other civilian leaders arbitrarily detained”.
On Monday, Al-Burhan tried to justify his decisions by stating in a television address that “incitement to chaos and violence by political forces has prompted us to do what is necessary to preserve Sudan. “, Believing that” what the country is going through is a real threat and danger to the dreams of youth. “
In separate communiques, several political forces qualified the action of the army as a “military coup”, and called on citizens to demonstrate and civil disobedience.
For the second day in a row, Khartoum and the rest of the country’s states were the scene on Tuesday of demonstrations against the decisions of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
Four demonstrators were killed and dozens more were injured, according to the Sudanese Central Committee of Doctors (non-governmental), which accused the forces of the Military Council of having opened fire on the protesters, while the institution military did not react to this effect.
Countries and regional and international organizations have condemned Al-Burhan’s decisions and called for calm, de-escalation and adherence to the road map for the transition phase.
Sudan had started, since August 21, 2019, a 53-month transition period which was to end with the holding of elections in early 2024. Pending the electoral deadline, power was shared between the army, the forces civilians and armed movements who signed a peace agreement with the government on October 3.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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