Sudanese deposed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife were allowed to return home on Tuesday, under heavy security, one day after the military detained them following a military takeover in a coup.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, coup leader and army chief, said earlier that “he was keeping Hamdok at his residence for his own safety”.
US Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Hamdok following his release from custody.
The statement added that Blinken welcomed the release of the Prime Minister and reiterated his call on the Sudanese military to release all civilian leaders in detention, and emphasized that the US supports a civilian-led transition to democracy in Sudan.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General António Guterres renewed his call for the immediate release of all detained officials in the military coup.
“I once again strongly condemned the forceful military takeover of power in Sudan… the Prime Minister and other officials that were unlawfully detained must be released immediately,” Guterres said.
The coup drew widespread international condemnation and demands for the release of everyone detained.
Al-Burhan defended the military seizure of power in his first news conference on Tuesday saying he was forced to step in to avoid civil war.
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