The international community has reacted to the unrest in Sudan where soldiers have arrested its civilian Prime, Minister Abdalla Hamdok and cabinet members in a millitary “coup.”
The coup that caught global attention has been strongly condemned by voices around the world
From the White House, US Spokesperson said the U.S. government is
“deeply alarmed at reports of a military takeover”
and called for the immediate release of the prime minister and other officials.
As a result, The Biden administration paused the delivery of $700 million allotted for emergency economic support to Sudan.
Also reacting on Twitter, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wrote,
“I condemn the ongoing military coup in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamdok and all other officials must be released immediately
…The UN will continue to stand with the people of Sudan”
The African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat called for the immediate
resumption of consultations between civilians and military reaffirming that
“it is the only relevant path to save the country and its democratic transition.”
The Egyptian government also said the actions of the military represented a betrayal
of the revolution, the transition, and the legitimate requests of the Sudanese people for peace, justice, and economic development.
“Egypt calls on all parties in the brotherly nation of Sudan to exercise self-restraint and responsibility to prioritize the welfare of the country and national agreement,”
the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Similarly, the Government of Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia , The Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, EU foreign policy Chief , Josep Borrell
have all expressed deep concern about the developments in Sudan, urging security forces to release unlawfully detained government officials
The military dissolved the country’s transitional government and arrested civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday
As the protest persits, Reuters reports about seven people killed and 140 injured in the ensuing clashes between security forces and protesters.
Amid growing fears about the country’s democratic transition and economy, Zaynab Mohamed;
political analyst at Oxford Economics Africa, said “If the military takes over, it will interrupt the transition to democracy, which threatens international donor support and IMF debt relief and, ultimately, puts the country’s economic revival on the line.”
However, Experts say the coup could have a serious impact on the country and beyond.
The crux of the unrest between the military and civilian factions comes due to prolonged
lamentation about the rising cost of living crisis and the economic situation ongoing since the start of the year
The economic situation, they claim is worse than under former dictator Omar al-Bashir.
Consequently , Human Rights Watch called on the U.S., U.K., Germany and all who voiced support for Sudan’s civilian transition, to ensure that the military leaders do not damage or reverse progress on the country’s reform agenda.