Sudanese Junta leader Abdel Al Fattah  releases 4 ministers from detention

Sudanese Junta leader Abdel Al Fattah  releases 4 ministers from detention

Sudanese Junta leader Abdel Al Fattah  releases 4 ministers from detention

/ POLITIQUE / Saturday, 13 November 2021 13:54

source photo: TNA

Kabakura Jean Bosco Ceusi

State-run television said on Thursday that Sudan's General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ordered the release of four ministers detained since the military power grab he led last week.

The releases came as the army said the formation of a new government was "imminent".

"The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has ordered the release of Hashem Hassab Alrasoul, Ali Geddo, Hamza Baloul, Youssef Adam," so said the Sudan TV.

Alrasoul is the Telecommunications Minister, Geddo heads the Trade Ministry, Baloul is the Information Minister, and Adam holds the Youth and Sports Portfolio.

Burhan -- Sudan's de facto leader since the 2019 ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir -- dissolved the government last week, detained the civilian leadership and declared a state of emergency.

On Thursday, Sudan's army said that a new government was on the way.

"We are considering all internal and external initiatives to serve the national interest," Burhan's media advisor Taher Abouhaga said. "The formation of a government is imminent."

The ministers' release came shortly after a phone call between Burhan and UN Chief Antonio Guterres who personally appealed to the military chief to restore the democratic transition.

Guterres encouraged "all efforts toward resolving the political crisis in Sudan and urgently restore the constitutional order and Sudan's transitional process", a United Nations statement said.

Sudan has since August 2019 been ruled by a joint civilian-military council as part of the now derailed transition to full civilian rule.

Deepening splits and long-simmering tensions between the military and civilians have marred the transition.

Western diplomats have called for Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's reinstatement, while Arab powerhouses such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE urged the civilian-led transition to be restored.

Burhan, a veteran general who served under Bashir's three-decades-long rule, insisted the army takeover was "not a coup" but a move "to rectify the course of the transition".

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