The Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok was on Tuesday released after a day of intense international pressure following his removal from office in a military coup.
The development was disclosed in a statement by his office, noting that Hamdok was “under close surveillance” while other ministers and civilian leaders remained under arrest.
The army arrested key leaders of government, and dissolved the country’s institutions on Monday.
Following the coup, the United States and European Union had threatened to suspend their aids to the country.
Also, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, demanded that Hamdok “be released immediately” ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting that began at 20:00 GMT.
The coup comes barely two years into a delicate power-sharing arrangement between the military and civilians after the army’s ousting during enormous street protests in April 2019 of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Top General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had earlier vouched for Hamdok’s “good health”, while a military source who requested anonymity said he had been escorted home, with “security measures” erected “around the perimeter”.
Meanwhile, angry citizens had continued to stand their ground on barricaded streets where they burned tyres, chanting “No to military rule” after four people were shot dead by security forces.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella of unions that were instrumental in the late 2018-2019 anti-Bashir protests, said frenzied putschist forces are carrying out vengeful attacks on protest gatherings in separate parts of the country following Hamdok’s release.
Witnesses in the east Khartoum district of Burri said security forces fired tear gas at protesters blocking the main road in opposition to the coup.
Sudan risks “going back into a period of being shunned by the rest of the world” and losing badly needed financial aid, said Alex de Waal, a veteran expert on Sudan who is executive director of the World Peace Foundation.
Hamdok’s government earlier this year unlocked international financial assistance after it was frozen for years under Bashir.
On Tuesday the country was already physically cut off. The aviation authority said all flights have been suspended until October 30.
Sudan’s ambassadors to Belgium, France and Switzerland on Tuesday made clear their allegiance to the civilian leaders, declaring their diplomatic missions as “embassies of the Sudanese people and their revolution”, according to the Information Ministry.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (II): Alex Ogbu was telling a story but became the story
This four-part series investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020....
SPECIAL REPORT… TELECOMS BLACKOUT: Nigeria’s latest tactic against banditry grounds businesses, forcing residents beyond borders
The fight against notorious bandits raining terror and kidnapping students in Northwest Nigeria took a new dimension in September as...