Wednesday, August 10

The military claims to have freed the deposed prime minister of Sudan

The deposed Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok returned home with his wife on Tuesday afternoon after being released the day after his team denounced that he had been detained during the military coup. “Hamdok returned with his wife to their place of residence in the Kafury suburb of Khartoum North and has no restrictions on their movements or communications,” said a source in the office of the army commander-in-chief, Abdelfatah al Burhan.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained that he had a telephone conversation with Hamdok after his release. “I am glad I spoke with Hamdok after his release about the Sudanese people’s struggle for democracy and the need to return to civilian leadership,” he wrote.

The former prime minister’s residence is guarded by security elements, but the military says it is for his “own protection.”

The Ministry of Information of the Council of Ministers dissolved on Monday by the military had denounced that same day that Hamdok had been arrested and was missing after having rejected the coup, but this Tuesday the military leader asserted that he was in his own home. “No one kidnapped or attacked him; he is in my house,” Al Burhan said at a press conference in Khartoum in which he assured that “when the situation calms down and peace prevails, he will return home”, after being detained in early Monday with his wife.

Regarding other members of the Government and the Sovereign Council, the highest body of power during the transition process and made up of the military and civilians, detained during the coup, Al Burhan had said that they will be tried if charges are brought against them or released.

The arrest of Hamdok and other political figures in the country during the coup had received broad military condemnation and numerous countries and institutions such as the United States, the European Union or the African Union have called for their release.