Sudan Coup Leader Keeps PM in Own Home

Sudanese Coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has claimed that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is safe at his own house because they “feared for his own life.” 

“The prime minister was at his house but we feared that he will be harmed and he is now with me in my house. I was with him last night…and he is going about his life…he will return to his home when the crisis is over and all threats are gone,” said Al-Burhan. 

Hamdok was earlier placed in house arrest but was moved by military forces during the evening. 

Al-Burhan reassured the public and the international community that new justice bodies and the legislative council will be formed by the end of the week and that internet and phone services would be restored again. 

After the new council is formed Al-Burhan said that the military will return to barracks.

According to Al-Burhan, a coup was necessary to prevent the outbreak of a civil war.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also called for the immediate release of Hamdok and said that they could not intervene due to “geopolitical divides.”

Businesses in Sudan have closed down since the start of the coup while the central bank and public hospitals have gone on strike.

Flights going to and from Sudan have been suspended while the Khartoum airport remained shuttered. 

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