Biden Suspends $700 Million Aid to Sudan Following the Coup

The United States of America led by President Joe Biden has withdrew its US$700 Million to Sudan following the military coup.

The US State Department said on Monday that it is withholding $700 million in emergency financing for Sudan in reaction to the continuing military coup attempt in the nation.

The putsch was criticised by spokesman Ned Price, who also announced that the disbursement of the full assistance package will be halted because the money were “designed to promote the country’s democratic transition.”

“The civilian-led transitional government should be immediately restored and represents the will of the people,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

Earlier on Monday, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said that three people had died and at least 80 others were injured on Monday after being shot by security forces during protests against the military takeover.

Thousands of protesters poured into the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and its twin city of Omdurman following the early morning arrests of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials by security forces in the country.

Hamdok was moved to an undisclosed location after he refused to issue a statement in support of the coup, said the information ministry.

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the toppling of the country’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir two years ago.

The coup also comes just weeks before the military was supposed to hand the leadership of the council that runs the country over to civilians.