Sudan: UN Envoy Describes Military Coup in Khartoum

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The United Nations’ special envoy for Sudan described the scene in Khartoum after thousands flooded the streets to protest a military coup that threatened the country’s shaky progress toward democracy. Speaking from Khartoum, Volker Perthes demanded for “everybody to exercise utmost restraint” after its military seized control earlier in the day in a takeover that drew condemnation from the UN, US and the European Union.

“Of course there is a risk that there would be more violence or more clashes when night falls,” said Perthes.

Perthes also called on the military to release those “unlawfully detained” after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials were arrested.

The head of the military, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, announced on national TV that he was dissolving the government and the Sovereign Council, a joint military and civilian body created soon after autocrat Omar al-Bashir’s ouster to run the country.

The general declared a state of emergency and said the military will appoint a technocratic government to lead the country to elections, set for July 2023. But he made clear the military will remain in charge.

As darkness fell in the Sudanese capital, barricades were still burning and occasional gunshots could be heard, Perthes said via a video call at a U.N. briefing in New York.

He said demonstrators had attempted to enter army headquarters and had witnessed “shooting and injuries” but “can’t confirm any details.”

Security forces opened fire on some of them, and three protesters were killed, according to the Sudan Doctors’ Committee, which also said 80 people were wounded.

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