Biden condemns Sudan’s military power seizure

<strong>Biden condemns Sudan’s military power seizure</strong>
US President-elect Joe Biden. [Photo: Courtesy]

US President Joe Biden has called on the world governments and multinational financial institutions to push for sanity and respect for human rights in Sudan.

In a press statement released yesterday from the White House, Biden lashed at the Sudanese military government for toppling the civilian wing and using force to silence dissenting demonstrators.

‘‘…the Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully and the civilian-led transitional government must be restored,’’ Biden noted in a statement from the White House.

He proceeded to say: ‘‘I urge Sudan’s military leaders to immediately release all those detained and restore the institutions associated with the transitional government, in line with the 2019 Constitutional Declaration and the 2020 Juba Peace Agreement.’’

The US leader praised the Sudanese saying ‘‘I have admired the courage of the Sudanese people in demanding their voices be heard and helping their country make strides toward a new, democratic Sudan’’. He lamented that the Monday military takeover was ‘‘a grave setback, but the United States will continue to stand with the people of Sudan and their non-violent struggle to advance the goals of Sudan’s revolution’’.

On Wednesday, the US stopped $700m in aid for the Sudanese transition urging the military to reinstate the civilian government and commit to the Juba Peace Agreement that established the transitional government.

The military seized power on Monday and arrested the civilian leaders including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Dr Hamdok was released on Tuesday but as of yesterday, his residence was still being manned by heavily armed military personnel.

Army leader Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan denied staging a coup but clarified that the takeover was to remove power-hungry civilian leaders who were polarising the country.