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UN calls for release of Sudan civilian leaders

The United Nations has urged Sudan’s security forces to “immediately release those who have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest”.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among civilian leaders reported to have been put under house arrest on Monday by unidentified soldiers.

“I am deeply concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan’s political transition. The reported detentions of the Prime Minister, government officials, and politicians are unacceptable, said Volker Perthes, UN special representative to Sudan.

“All parties must immediately return to dialogue and engage in good faith to restore the constitutional order,” he added.

It remains unclear who was behind the pre-dawn arrests.

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