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UN chief says detained Sudanese PM ‘must be released immediately’

Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council, September 23, 2021, during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool)
Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council, September 23, 2021, during the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool)

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for the immediate release of Sudan’s prime minister, who was detained in a military coup.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok “must be released immediately,” Guterres says as the UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting on the putsch in Sudan.

Yesterday, soldiers detained Hamdok, his ministers and civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council, who have been heading a transition to full civilian rule following the 2019 overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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