On Friday, the United Nations called on the military authorities in Sudan to hold a dialogue with the head of the transitional government, Abdalla Hamdok.
This came in a press conference held by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York.
“We continue to call on the army to open an immediate dialogue with the prime minister and other stakeholders,” the UN official said.
“We continue our condemnation of the coup and stress the need for the immediate release of Prime Minister Hamdok, and all other unlawfully detained officials,” he added.
And he added: “Furthermore, we demand the immediate reconfiguration of the transitional government, which is scheduled to direct Sudan towards democratic elections, and we want to see progress in that.”
And on Monday, the commander of the Sudanese army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency in the country, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, releasing the governors, and suspending some provisions of the constitutional document on managing the transitional phase.
Hours before these decisions, the authorities carried out a series of arrests, including the head of the transitional government, Hamdok (he was released the next day), ministers, officials, and party leaders.
Prior to Al-Burhan’s procedures, Sudan had been living, since August 21, 2019, a 53-month transitional period that ends with holding elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civil forces, and armed movements that signed a peace agreement with the government in 2020.