Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok has been overthrown and is now under house arrest

Last month, Hamdok survived a coup attempt and the United States condemned it and vowed to protect democracy in the northern African country.

Sudan’s prime minister Abdalla Hamdok has been overthrown and is now under house arrest, Al Hadath TV reported on Monday. The report said Hamdok has been placed under house arrest by the military.

Last month, Hamdok survived a coup attempt and the United States condemned it and vowed to protect democracy in the northern African country.

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (R) attends the opening session of the "Friends of Sudan" conference in the capital Khartoum on December 11 
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (R) attends the opening session of the “Friends of Sudan” conference in the capital Khartoum on December 11

The coup, if confirmed, comes shortly after the military arrested several civilian officials, including the prime minister’s media adviser. Others who were arrested included Sudan’s ruling sovereign council member.

Sudan has been unstable since the former leader Oma al-Bashir was toppled after months of street protests in 2019.

Following his removal, a political transition agreed to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

Last month, the United States condemned “the failed attempt by rogue military and civilian actors to seize power from Sudan’s Civilian Led Transitional Government (CLTG).”

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the situation in Afghanistan, Monday, August 16, 2021 in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) 
President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the situation in Afghanistan, Monday, August 16, 2021 in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

“The United States continues to support the CLTG in its pursuit of a democratic transition for Sudan. We urge the CLTG to hold all those involved accountable through a fair legal process,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on September 22. “Anti-democratic actions such as those of September 21 in Khartoum undermine the call of the Sudanese people for freedom and justice and place international support for Sudan, including the bilateral relationship with the United States, at risk.”

Price added that the United States also condemns “any external interference that seeks to sow disinformation and undermine the will of Sudan’s people.”

“Along with a wide range of other international actors, the United States is mobilizing substantial assistance to help Sudan achieve the country’s economic and security goals,” Price said. “We will advance this support as Sudan makes continued progress in its ongoing transition, including the establishment of a legislative assembly, reform of the security sector under civilian leadership, and justice and accountability for past human rights abuses.” 

USAID Administrator Samantha Power also condemned the failed coup attempt in Sudan, asserting that “these actions sought to undermine the will of the Sudanese people, who made extraordinary sacrifices during the 2019 revolution to end the country’s brutal dictatorship and who continue working for a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous future shared by all Sudanese.”

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power 
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

“We stand with the people of Sudan and the CLTG, and strongly oppose any attempts to disrupt Sudan’s transitional process,” Power wrote.

“During my recent visit to Sudan, I saw this hopeful, yet fragile, transition to democracy up close. I met with government leaders, student activists, refugees, and journalists who spoke about the progress that had been won after decades of oppression, as well as the urgent need to accelerate the pace of change on many fronts,” she said. “Like so many others, I am deeply inspired by their dedication to achieving a democratic, inclusive, and peaceful future benefiting all Sudanese. The United States remains committed – alongside allies in the region and around the world – to supporting the continuation of Sudan’s historic transition toward democracy, and to working with actors across Sudan to advance critically needed progress on economic, judicial, governance, human rights, and security reforms.”

This is a breaking news that will be updated.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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