The transitional government, led by Abdullah Hamdok, has rejected the “unilateral” decision of the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, Abdelfatá al Burhan, to dissolve both that body and the executive branch, stressing that it is “still the legitimate authority” in Sudan.
“The interim government led by Hamdok, which was kidnapped by the military along with several of its ministers and has been missing since Monday, October 25, remains the country’s legitimate transitional authority,” the ministry said with a statement.
“All unilateral measures and decisions by the military component are without any constitutional basis and are against the law, which is why they are considered to be accountable under the applicable laws of the country,” he said.
Thus, the document stresses that “the constitutional documents of 2019 and their 2020 amendment – after the peace agreement with several rebel groups – leave the ability to declare a state of emergency under the powers of the prime minister and none of the other, apart from the legislative council, the right To dissolve transitional institutions ”.
“We demand the immediate release of the Prime Minister and all detained officials from the military component and hold them fully responsible for the safety of the members of the government and the Transitional Sovereign Council,” he said.
On the other hand, he applauded the Sudanese who took to the streets against the coup, stressing “the need to stick to peaceful means of resistance” while expressing condolences for the deaths of protesters led by security forces in the capital were shot Khartoum.
With that in mind, he has asked prosecutors for “immediate investigations” into “complaints of violations and attacks on students in student dormitories” and welcomed the international response to the coup condemned by organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the Arab League.
“We also applaud the firm and sincere positions of Western countries and friendly and fraternal countries in the region that condemned and rejected the coup and the military overthrow of the elections of the Sudanese people,” reads the text published by the account in the social network Facebook.
Finally, the Hamdok executive has expressed its “rejection of the military coups that are returning the country to the place of totalitarianism and brutal military alliances”. “We declare our firm position in support of the people-dictated elections that guide our struggle to restore the political path leading to civil mandate and governance,” he said, stressing that the goal should be “transfer” Peace of Power ”.
The statement was released in response to Al Burhan’s announcement of the dissolution of the Sovereign Transitional Council and the Hamdok government, which were arrested Monday after refusing to support the ongoing uprising and relocated to an undisclosed location without the army giving details of their status.
Al Burhan also announced the declaration of a state of emergency, the suspension of several articles of the constitutional document agreed between civilians and the military in August 2019 following the coup that overthrew then President Omar Hasan al Bashir in April of that year, as well as the Removal of the provincial governors.
It also interrupted the activities of the Disqualification and Recovery Committee before arguing that the recent divisions in the transitional authorities posed a “threat” to the country and defended that the army had acted to start the revolution.
Hamdok’s arrest was followed by a statement from the Ministry of Information claiming that the prime minister had called for the “occupation of the streets” in order to “defend the revolution” while doing “a violation of the constitutional document” and “a blow to progress the revolution for which the people sacrificed themselves in order to strive for freedom, peace and justice. “
Immediately afterwards there were several demonstrations in Khartoum, to which the security forces reacted with sharp fire and left at least four dead, according to the latest results of the Central Committee of Doctors of Sudan (CCDS).
The agency stated in a message on Facebook that the most recent death was Mohamed Abdelrahim, adding that “he was shot by the coup plotters of the Military Council”. “Glory and eternity to the martyrs and victory to our resistance people,” he added.
For their part, civil organizations, led by the Coalition Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), have supported Hamdok’s call for civil disobedience to the coup led by Al Burhan, while various groups, including doctors and officials, have gone on strike.
According to the transitional authorities, Sudan was the scene of an attempted coup in mid-September by a group of officers of the armed forces who are allegedly connected to Al Bashir.
The transitional authorities were established following an agreement between the previous military junta that emerged after the 2019 coup and various civil organizations and political opposition formations. This government has launched a series of social and economic reforms and has reached a peace agreement with key rebel groups in Darfur and other areas of the country.
However, the September attempt sparked an exchange of criticism and accusations between civilian and military elements that exacerbated the political crisis, including Al Burhan’s motions to dissolve the government, which have led to confrontational demonstrations in recent days, authorities and army.