UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Tuesday for Sudan’s prime minister, who was detained in a military coup, be released immediately.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok “must be released immediately,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a press conference as the UN Security Council prepared to hold an emergency meeting on Sudan’s putsch.
Soldiers detained Hamdok, his ministers, and civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council on Monday. Hamdok, his ministers, and civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council have been leading the transition to full civilian rule since the overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
As countries around the world grapple with the pandemic and social and economic problems, Guterres said “geopolitical divides” were preventing the Security Council from taking strong measures.
“These factors are creating an environment in which some military leaders believe they have complete impunity, that they can do whatever they want because they will not be held accountable,” Guterres said.
“My request is for the big powers, in particular, to come together for Security Council unity in order to ensure the effective deterrence in the face of this epidemic of coups d’etats,” he said.