Africa Western envoys to Sudan call for restoration of Hamdok’s liberties

Western envoys to Sudan call for restoration of Hamdok’s liberties

Western ambassadors to Sudan called on the country’s military rulers Wednesday to fully restore the liberties of deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

In a statement on Twitter, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission Sudan (UNITAMS) said the ambassadors of Germany, France, Britain, Norway and the European Union as well as the US Charge d’Affaires and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sudan met with Hamdok at his residence in the capital Khartoum.

“Pleased to find him in good health. We continue to call for full restoration of his liberty,” UNITAMS added.

Commenting on the meeting, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said Hamdok is not fully released and “remains under guard.”

Rallies and protests took place for a third day in Khartoum against what was described as “a military coup.”

On Monday, the head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency and dissolved the transitional Sovereign Council and government.

The move was slammed by the African Union, which suspended Sudan from all its activities until it restores civilian rule, and the World Bank also decided to suspend aid to the country.

Before the military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian authorities which had been overseeing the transition period until elections slated for 2023 as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces for Freedom and Change coalition.