Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Sudan’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has confirmed he is keeping ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at his own house, claiming it is for the politician’s “own safety.”
After speculation over the whereabouts of Hamdok, and other political detainees, the military leader has made the statement. He was arrested Monday morning by members of the Armed Forces.
Al-Burhan declared that he was defending the actions of military personnel. “we arrested ministers and politicians but not all [of them].”While Hamdok is being held at the General’s house, “for his own safety”He said that he would be permitted to do so right now. “return home when the crisis is over.”
Protestors marched in the streets against the general’s actions, and seven were killed and 140 injured by gunfire.
Al-Burhan declared a state emergency following the removal of Hamdok from power. He promised to hold free elections in July 20203, which would allow a transition to civilian governance. Al-Burhan has disbanded the Joint Military-civilian Sovereign Council that was established to transition the country from Omar al-Bashir’s previous regime to one that is democratic.
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