al-Burhan Defends Coup In New Speech

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Anti-coup protesters are demonstrating for a second consecutive day despite security forces responding violently. Army General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan imposed a nationwide state of emergency, dismantled the transitional leadership and arrested political leaders including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday.

The military also cut off internet access and closed some roads in Khartoum.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to discuss the situation privately on Tuesday.

The Biden administration on Monday suspended $700 million in financial assistance to Sudan. Following the military coup in the African nation that U.S. officials roundly condemned.

In a statement on Monday, October 25, the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Norway commented on the military coup in Sudan as follows:

Troika Statement on Military Takeover in Sudan

The Troika is deeply concerned about the situation in Sudan and condemns the suspension of the institutions of state, the declaration of state of emergency, and the military forces detaining Prime Minister Hamdok as well as other members of the civilian leadership. We call on the security forces to immediately release those they have unlawfully detained. The actions of the military represent a betrayal of the revolution, the transition, and the legitimate requests of the Sudanese people for peace, justice and economic development.

“The actions of the military represent a betrayal of the revolution”

The rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly must be respected; violence and bloodshed must be avoided; and communication networks must be restored.

The Troika will continue to support those working for a democratic Sudan with a fully legitimate civilian government. This remains the best guarantee for the long-term stability of the country and the broader region. We reject this attempt to derail the transition toward democratic elections and call for the immediate restoration of the civilian-led government on the basis of the Constitutional Declaration and other foundational documents of the transition.

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