WASHINGTON – The United States is pausing assistance from the 700 million dollars Sudan aid package following Sunday's coup attempt, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said Monday.
"Those funds were intended to support the country's democratic transition as we evaluate the next steps for Sudan programming," he said, condemning Sudanese military forces' actions.
"The arrest of civilian government officials and other political leaders, including Prime Minister Hamdok undermines the country's transition to democratic civilian rule," Price added, calling on the civilian-led transitional government to be immediately restored.
"We recognize the legitimate grievances about the pace of the transition," Price added, "but the dismissal of government officials and dissolution of government institutions both violate Sudan's constitutional declaration and abandon the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people."
"Military officials should immediately release and ensure the safety of all detained political actors, fully restore the civilian-led transitional government, and refrain from any violence against protesters – including the use of live ammunition."
Sudan’s leading general declared a state of emergency Monday, hours after his forces arrested the acting prime minister and other senior government officials.
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In a televised address, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan announced that he was dissolving the country’s ruling Sovereign Council, as well as the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
He said quarrels among political factions prompted the military to intervene but he pledged to complete the country's democratic transition, saying a new technocrat government would lead Sudan to elections.
Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.