AA / Washington / Michael Hernandez
The United States has called for the immediate release of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk following a coup attempt by the Sudanese military.
“We reject the military’s actions and demand the immediate release of the prime minister,” White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre told reporters in Air Force One.
Sudanese soldiers arrested Prime Minister Hamdok and members of the civilian government in the capital, Khartoum, on Monday morning.
The Ministry of Culture and Information said it had arrested Hamdock for refusing to support what he described as a “conspiracy”.
Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the ruling military council in Sudan, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Sovereign Council, which was formed to rule the country after President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019.
In the aftermath of the military coup that broke out last month, deep tensions erupted between Sudan and the military and civilian administration amid recent protests in Khartoum.
Prior to its dissolution, the Sovereign Council administered Sudan. Made up of military and civilian officials, the council oversaw the transition period until the planned elections in 2023, as part of a power-sharing agreement between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change.
* Translated from English by Rath Belhaj
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