Sudan’s ousted Prime Minister released, escorted


One day after civilian government officials were captured in a military coup, the army is said to have released the Prime Minister of Sudan and escorted him back to his home on Tuesday.

Abdalla Hamdok returned to the capital Khartoum’s Kafouri district in the middle of heavy Sudanese army deployment around his home, according to Alsudani’s news portal.

There were no further details about the terms of his release or comments from Hamdok himself.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hamdok was detained at the home of Sudan’s ruling military chief of staff, Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, according to the Sudanese general.

During a press conference on Tuesday, al-Burhan said the army placed Hamdok in his house to “keep him safe after being threatened”.

“We feel that there is a threat to the life of the Prime Minister, that is why we kept him away,” al-Burhan said. “He is in my house and journalists are free to visit him.”

Commenting on al-Burhan’s statements, Hamdok’s office called for the immediate release of the Prime Minister.

“Statements by the coup leader that his actions are aimed at protecting the revolution will not deceive the Sudanese people or the world,” Hamdok’s office said in a statement.

“We are convinced that the Sudanese people will not be fooled by attempts and fine words to correct the revolution,” it added.

Hamdok and a number of ministers in his civilian government were arrested by the Sudanese military on Monday.

Al-Burhan announced a state of emergency on Monday, dissolving the sovereign Transitional Council and the government and repealing certain provisions of the constitutional document describing the political transition in Sudan.

Following a failed military coup last month, deep tensions erupted between the military and the civilian administration in Sudan following rival protests in Khartoum.

Prior to the military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials, which oversaw the transition period until the 2023 election, as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change coalition.


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