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October 25 Sudan Prime Minister detained in military coup news

Written by Tamarindo News

State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks at a briefing on Monday.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks at a briefing on Monday.

The United States is pausing $700 million in emergency assistance to Sudan in the wake of a military takeover in the country, State Department spokesperson Ned Price announced Monday.

“The United States condemns the actions taken overnight by Sudanese military forces. The arrest of civilian government officials and other political leaders including Prime Minister Hamdok undermines the country’s transition to democratic civilian rule. The civilian-led transitional government should be immediately restored,” Price said at a news briefing.

“In light of these developments, the United States is pausing assistance from the $700 million in emergency assistance appropriations of economic support funds for Sudan. Those funds were intended to support the country’s democratic transition as we evaluate the next step for Sudan programming,” he said.

“Our entire relationship with this entity in Sudan will be evaluated in light of what has transpired, unless Sudan is returned to the transitional path,” Price added.

Price said the US recognizes “the legitimate grievances about the pace of the transition, but Sovereign Council Chair Burhan’s dismissal of government officials and dissolution of government institutions both violates Sudan’s constitutional declaration and abandon the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people.”

Price said that the US would typically undertake a coup determination – an official designation has implications for aid – but noted that Sudan has been subject to military coup restrictions since the 1989 coup. 

The spokesperson said the US was not given a heads up about the military takeover. Jeffery Feltman, special envoy for the Horn of Africa, was just in Khartoum on Saturday and met jointly with Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti.

Price said the State Department has not been in touch with Hamdok since his arrest.

“We have been in close touch with partners and allies, both in the region and well beyond,” Price said. “We are very closely coordinating our messaging, our approach, our actions vis a vis what we’ve seen transpire in Sudan over the last 16 hours or so.”

“And if it would be constructive for us to be in touch with actors, including elements of the military in Sudan, we would do that, but I’m not going to read out any of those overtures or diplomatic conversations,” he said.

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