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UN chief calls for release of Sudanese officials

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addresses his statement, during the High-Level Ministerial Event on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nation, in Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2021. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addresses his statement, during the High-Level Ministerial Event on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan, at the European headquarters of the United Nation, in Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2021. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

The United Nations has denounced the ongoing military coup in Sudan and urgently called for the release of the country’s interim prime minister and other top cabinet officials.

In a tweet, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and all other officials detained by Sudanese security forces this morning “must be released immediately.”

“There must be full respect for the constitutional charter to protect the hard-won political transition,” Guterres writes. “The UN will continue to stand with the people of Sudan.”

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