The White House is "deeply alarmed" by the military coup that took place in Sudan on Monday morning.
"We reject the actions by the military and call for the immediate release of the prime minister and others who have been placed under house arrest," White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on board President Joe Biden's Monday flight to New Jersey. "The actions today are in stark opposition to the will of the Sudanese people and their aspirations for peace, liberty, and justice."
She added that the United States will continue to "support the Sudanese people's demand for a democratic transition in Sudan and will continue to evaluate how best to help the Sudanese people achieve this goal."
Jean-Pierre's comments come after Sudan's Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan confirmed in a press conference that his forces had arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and were holding him in a secure location. Burhan also dissolved the joint transition group in charge of overseeing the 2022 Sudanese election and announced that the military would maintain control of the government through the 2023 elections.
Monday's action follows the Hamdok government's successful handling of a separate coup attempt that ended in the arrest of more than 20 military officers.
You can listen to Monday's gaggle below.
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Original Author: Christian Datoc