Army releases Sudanese prime minister

Army releases Sudanese prime minister

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was repatriated Tuesday evening by the army, his office said, after a day of intense international pressure after his ouster in a military coup.

Hamdok is under intense surveillance, while ministers and other civilian leaders remain in detention, his office added, after the military dissolved Sudanese institutions on Monday.

Earlier today, the United States announced it would suspend aid to Sudan, and the European Union threatened to do the same.

Read also: Impact of coup in Sudan, US freezes aid funds

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has demanded the immediate release of Hamdok ahead of an emergency UN Security Council meeting that begins at 8:00 p.m. GMT.

According to a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, talks between the main powers of the UN could lead to a joint text condemning the coup on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Ahead of the meeting, Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dmitri Polyanskiy said the council should call for an end to violence from all sides.

Angry citizens stand on a barricaded road where tires are burnt. They chanted “No to military rule” a day after four people were shot dead by security forces, according to the group of doctors.

In Tuesday’s incident, witnesses in Khartoum’s Bari district said security forces fired tear gas at protesters blocking a main road opposed to the coup. (AFP / OL-1)


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