US “deeply alarmed” by reports of military takeover in Sudan – .

US “deeply alarmed” by reports of military takeover in Sudan – .

The United States on Monday expressed concern over an apparent military coup in Sudan, shortly after the Biden administration’s special envoy for the Horn of Africa visited the country to encourage cooperation between the civilian and military leaders of the transitional government in Khartoum.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets after reports were published that the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok had been arrested, with reports suggesting the leader had been under house arrest, in addition to reports of the detention of other senior government officials.

“The United States is deeply alarmed by reports of a military takeover by the transitional government. This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people and is completely unacceptable, ”US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman said in a tweet.

“As we have said on several occasions, any change of the transitional government by force puts American aid at risk. ”

State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that the United States was suspending $ 700 million in economic aid intended to promote democracy in response to the military takeover.

The United States has provided humanitarian aid estimated at $ 377 million in fiscal year 2021, making it the largest donor of such aid.

Deputy White House spokesperson Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierrePatience with Biden breathless among black leaders Democrats dismiss risks of cutting spending Fed imposes stricter rules on financial transactions amid scandal MORE told reporters aboard Air Force One Monday morning that the United States was rejecting “the actions of the military and calling for the immediate release of the prime minister and others under house arrest.”

She added that “today’s actions are in stark opposition to the will of the Sudanese people and their aspirations for peace, freedom and justice. The United States continues to strongly support the demand of the Sudanese people for a democratic transition in Sudan and will continue to assess how best to help the Sudanese people achieve this goal. “

The highest Sudanese general reportedly announced on Monday morning the dissolution of the transitional civil-military government, the Sovereign Council, a government established two years ago following a popular revolution that overthrew the military dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir, which lasted 30 years. .

Army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan reportedly told national television that disputes between political factions prompted the military to intervene, which he said would rule the country while setting up a technocratic government until elections are held in July. 2023.

“The armed forces will continue to complete the democratic transition until the country’s leadership is handed over to an elected civilian government,” he said, according to the Associated Press.

The general’s announcement was criticized by Sudan’s information ministry, the AP reported. He called Burhan’s speech “an announcement of a takeover by military coup”.

The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, issued a statement on Monday condemning the detention of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other members of the civilian leadership and called on the military to “immediately release those they have. illegally detained.

“The actions of the military represent a betrayal of the revolution, the transition and the legitimate demands of the Sudanese people for peace, justice and economic development,” Borrell said.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has echoed calls for the release of Hamdok and other civilian government leaders.

“I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok and all other officials must be released immediately. There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition. Sudan ”, he tweeted.

The apparent coup comes just hours after Feltman, the United States’ special envoy to the Horn of Africa, met with political and military leaders of the Sudanese transitional government and expressed support for the prosecution of the transition to a full-fledged government led by civilians.

A reading from a meeting between Feltman and Hamdok said the US side expressed support for “the preservation of democracy. [civilian] transition process, leading to free and fair elections in which the Sudanese people choose their representatives at the end of the transition period.

The reading indicates that Feltman had a joint meeting with Hamdok and General Al-Burhan, as well as other senior civilian and military leaders.

Price, of the State Department, told reporters on Monday that Feltman had no indication the military was preparing to launch a takeover.

“To be clear, we weren’t warned about this,” he said.

Price said the State Department was unable to legally determine whether a “coup” had taken place because the United States had already operated under “coup restrictions” since Bashir took power in 1989.

A “coup” designation places specific limits on the United States in providing assistance to a foreign country, although the designation has an explicit exclusion for assistance that assists efforts to promote democracy.

The United States has been deeply invested in Sudan’s transition from a military dictatorship to a democracy, removing the country from a list of terrorist sponsor states in 2020 after Khartoum relinquished its support or ties with designated terrorist organizations, established itself as a partner in the fight against terrorism and provided compensation. to the victims of terrorist attacks that Sudan has allegedly aided and abetted.

Leading lawmakers on the Senate and House committees on foreign relations issued an extraordinary joint statement on Monday condemning the coup and the arrest of the prime minister, cabinet members and other members of civil society.

The military takeover “represents the dissolution of the historic political agreement between Sudanese military leaders and civilian groups that set Sudan on the path to democratic transition, and threatens to make progress towards improving our relations with the United Nations. Sudan in recent years, ”the lawmakers wrote.

“The military junta must immediately end the state of emergency, release Prime Minister Hamdok and members of his cabinet safe and sound, restore the civilian-led transitional government and respect the right of Sudanese citizens to demonstrate peacefully . They must show restraint and protect the human rights of all protesters. “

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The removal of the designation of the terrorist sponsor also coincided with the declaration by the transitional government in Khartoum that it would establish relations with Israel, which is part of the group of Muslim and Arab majority countries that are signatories to the Abrahamic accords, normalization with Israel which has been encouraged by the Trump administration.

The 2019 revolution and the overthrow of Bashir’s government was seen as a monumental victory for the will of the Sudanese people. But the transition from a military regime to a fully democratic, civilian-led government has been blocked by political fighting.

Protesters continued to take to the streets in the face of inaction from the transitional government, and in September civilian government leaders said they had foiled an attempted military coup by Bashir followers.

Morgan Chalfant contributed to this story.

This story was updated at 6:17 p.m.


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