Biden calls on Sudan’s army to return power to the people

President Biden on Thursday called for the restoration of Sudan’s civilian-led government, days after the military took over the country by arresting top politicians and dissolving the US-backed transitional government body.

It is Biden’s first official statement on the crisis in Sudan since the military announced his inauguration in the early hours of Monday. The president’s comments follow convictions issued by the White House, the State Department, and governments and international groups.

Biden cited the opposition chorus, including the African Union, the Arab League, the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations Security Council, to name a few, as a “clear and overwhelming message.”

“The Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully and the civilian-led transitional government must be restored,” the president said, calling on the military to release all detainees and restore the institutions of Sudan’s transitional government, a civilian body. established in 2019 with the goal of establishing a democratically elected civilian government.

“The events of the past few days are a serious setback, but the United States will continue to support the people of Sudan and their non-violent struggle to advance the goals of the Sudan revolution.”

The United Nations Security Council issued a second statement on Thursday calling for “Sudan’s military authorities to restore the civilian-led transitional government” and urging “all stakeholders to engage in dialogue without preconditions. “and to work within the framework of previous agreements that guide Sudan’s policy. democratic transition.

The Sudanese army, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has faced constant opposition on the international stage and with massive protests in the streets of Sudan’s main cities since the military takeover on Monday.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who was arrested by the army, was reported to have returned home on Tuesday.

Secretary of state Antony blinkAntony BlinkenHillicon Valley – Blinken unveils new state cyber office World Bank stops operations in Sudan in response to coup Senators urge Biden to waive sanctions against India for purchase of Russian defense system MORE spoke with Hamdok, where he reiterated US support for the civilian-led government and expressed “deep concern” over the ongoing military takeover.

The Biden government refrained from calling the military takeover a coup, explaining that the United States has already restricted its relations with Khartoum under a coup designation stemming from Omar al-Bashir’s military takeover in 1989.

A grassroots revolution in the country toppled Bashir in 2019 and a transitional government led by civilian politicians, but including military leaders, was aimed at guiding the country towards full civilian rule.

In response to the most recent military takeover, Biden’s State Department froze $ 700 million in economic assistance aimed at promoting democracy, but said there was no change to the more than $ 377 million in humanitarian assistance provided to the country.

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