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World Bank suspended financial aid to Sudan

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The World Bank has suspended financial aid to the North African country of Sudan after the military overthrew the interim government and seized power through a coup. Meanwhile, workers, doctors, and pilots of the country's state-owned oil company have joined the civil disobedience movement in protest of the military coup.

Thousands of Sudanese pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets since General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, the country's armed forces chief, seized power in a coup on Monday. Clashes with security forces have left several protesters dead.

After the overthrow of dictator Omar al-Bashir in a popular movement in 2019, a joint sovereign council of military-civilian leadership was formed to restore democracy in the country. The coup leader, General Burhan, on Monday, dissolved the council and declared a state of emergency after seizing power.

Next month, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was to hand over the leadership of the governing council to civilian authorities. If this measure was implemented, the power of the military would be reduced. Before that, a coup took place in the country.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan says he has seized power to prevent the country from falling into civil war. At the same time, he announced that power would be handed over to the civilian government that won the 2023 elections. But the decision to suspend World Bank funding and new activities was a major blow to the implementation of its plan in one of Africa's poorest countries.

The World Bank resumed operations last March in Sudan, which has been deprived of international aid for three decades under Bashir's rule. The World Bank provides 2 billion in assistance to the country.

In a statement from Washington, World Bank President David Malpas said, "I am deeply concerned about the current situation in Sudan. This situation could have a dramatic impact on the social and economic recovery and development of the country. I'm apprehensive about it.

On the other hand, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the current situation in Sudan.

The military ousted the country's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdak on the day of the coup and took him to an unknown location. He was released on Wednesday but is being held under tight security in the capital, Khartoum.

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