After Military Coup, UN Secretary General Calls for Sudan’s Leaders to be Freed

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for the “immediate” release of Sudanese leaders detained after the military coup.

“The constitutional charter must be fully respected to protect the hard-won political transition.”

Guterres tweeted, referring to an agreement for vital powers signed by military and civilian leaders in 2019, after months of deadly protests.

The statement came after military forces on Monday (25/10) arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and a number of other officials. Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan also declared a state of emergency and announced the dissolution of the joint civil-military council, dubbed the Sovereignty Council, which has controlled the country for the past two years.

In a statement issued by a spokesman, Guterres said, “Stakeholders in Sudan must urgently engage in dialogue, and in good faith restore constitutional order and the transitional process in Sudan.” [vm/jm]

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