Sudanese PM returns home under tight security, speaks with Blinken

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has returned home with his wife under tight security, the prime minister’s office said on its Facebook account on Tuesday.

Since early Monday, Hamdok and some of his ministers together with civilian members in the Sovereign Council were arrested.

Meanwhile, the US State Department says Secretary of State Antony Blinken has talked with Sudan’s Abdalla Hamdok by phone after the prime minister was released from detention.

On Tuesday, the US State Department said that Blinken had welcomed Hamdok’s release in a phone conversation with him.

Blinken reportedly reiterated that he will call on Sudan’s military to release all civilian leaders in detention and to stop violence against protesters.

Sudan’s military seized power and detained Hamdok and several Cabinet ministers in a coup on Monday. The coup ended a period of joint military rule with pro-democracy forces since the collapse of an autocratic government in 2019.

The country’s military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had said that Hamdok was held for his own safety and would be released within a few days.

Demonstrators continued to rally on Tuesday in Sudan’s capital Khartoum and other parts of the country. Local health authorities say seven people have died and more than 140 others were injured by gun shots from the military.

Strikes have spread in government offices, colleges and railway companies in response to calls by pro-democracy groups to show resistance against the military.

 

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