Sudan’s ousted PM Abdallah Hamdok released
Published: 04:04 PM, 27 October 2021
Abdallah Hamdok; Photo: Collected
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been released after being ousted in a military coup. He and his wife have returned home, his office said.
The military seized power through a coup and captured him. He was released one day later and returned home on Tuesday.
Hamdok and his wife have been released following a worldwide outcry over the capture of power by Sudanese army top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The United States has suspended all financial aid to the impoverished North African country since the coup. Similarly, the European Union (EU) has threatened to cut off aid.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also condemned the arrest of Abdallah Hamdok and demanded his immediate release. He called on the world powers to stop the military Coup d’état around the world.
A statement from Hamdok’s office said the ousted prime minister and his wife had been sent to their home in the capital, Khartoum, under tight security. Other leaders detained on the day of the coup are still being held. It is still unknown where they have been kept.
General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan seized power in a military coup after weeks of a tug-of-war between Sudan’s military and civilian leaders over the country’s path to democracy.
General Burhan is scheduled to hand over the leadership of the governing council to civilian authorities next month. If this measure was implemented, the power of the military would be reduced. The coup in the country took place before that.
On Tuesday, pro-democracy protesters blockade the road in the capital, Khartoum, in protest of the military coup. They protested by setting fire to tires and wood. At least 10 people have been killed in protests by pro-democracy protesters in the country since the military coup.
General Burhan claimed the army had seized power by removing the interim government on Monday in a bid to stem the tide of civil war. He claimed that ousted Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was being held at the home of military generals for security reasons.
At a news conference on Tuesday, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said, “From what we saw last week, the country was heading for a civil war. The Prime Minister was in his own house. But we had ‘fears’ that it could hurt him.”
Source: Al Jazeera, Reuters