Chairman of Sudan Sovereignty Council declares state of emergency, dissolves government

The chairman of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has announced a nationwide state of emergency while also indicating the dissolution of the government.

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Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chairman of Sudan’s ruling Sovereignty Council, has announced the dissolution of the transitional government and the sovereign council and declared a nationwide state of emergency.

The statement comes as Sudan’s military moved Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to an unknown location for refusing to support a coup after putting him under house arrest earlier in the day, according to the information ministry.

In his announcement, Al-Burhan said that the transitional government, which balanced power between the civilian and military leadership, was struggling, thus threatening peace and security in the country.

He further stated that the military needed to protect the country’s safety and security as stated in the constitutional declaration.

He also announced the removal of state governors, saying elections will be held in July 2023.

On the other hand, the office of Sudan’s Prime Minister called on protesters to take to the streets against the military coup attempt.

The coup attempt has also sparked international concern, with many countries and international bodies urging all parties to adhere to the commitments made in the constitutional declaration of 2019.

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