Arrested Sudan Premier Returns Home Under Guard, Speaks to U.S.
(Bloomberg) -- The Sudanese prime minister arrested in Monday’s military coup was returned to his home but remains under close guard, the Information Ministry said.
Abdalla Hamdok was allowed to go back to his residence in the capital, Khartoum, the ministry said on its Facebook page late Tuesday. A number of government ministers and political leaders are still being held at unspecified locations, it said.
Hamdok’s detention and that of civilian members of his cabinet sparked a global outcry and demands by the United Nations, U.S. and European Union for their release and the restoration of Sudan’s democratic transition.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken later spoke to Hamdok, telling him he supports a civilian-led transition to democracy and a return to the principles of Sudan’s transitional framework, according to the State Department. The U.S. has said it’s weighing further economic measures against the North African country after suspending $700 million in aid on Monday.
The top general who led the putsch, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Tuesday outlined plans for a new government and said that Hamdok was staying with him as a guest for his protection. Al-Burhan led the sovereign council, the highest decision-making body in Sudan’s transitional government in which an uneasy coalition of civilians and army figures shared power.
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