About ten days after the military coup in Sudan, its leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, ordered the release of four imprisoned ministers. Today, Thursday, state television reported that the “Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces” had ordered the release of Communications Minister Hashem Hassab al-Rasoul, Minister of Trade Ali Gedo, Minister of Information Hamza Balloul and Minister of Sports Youssef Adam.
Shortly before the order was announced, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had a personal phone call with Al-Burhan to enable Sudan to return to a democratic transition. According to a UN statement, Guterres called on his interlocutor to “make every possible effort” to resolve the political crisis in Sudan and restore constitutional order and the transitional process.
So Guterres also called for the release of civilian members of the government, including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who is under house arrest. The Sudanese army had announced earlier the introduction of a new government soon.
On October 25, civilian soldiers arrested members of the interim government of Sudan. Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and announced the formation of a new government with “competent people”. The coup was strongly condemned internationally. Recently, the two regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also called for the restoration of civilian government.
After President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019, a so-called Sovereign Council took over the government in Sudan, with the military and civilians sharing power. The transition period should end in 2023 with the formation of a civilian government. However, rising inflation, economic problems and deep political divisions have exacerbated the situation.
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