Sudan coup: Security forces arrest PM, ministers

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The Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdalla Hamdok and some members of the country’s leadership have been arrested by security forces led by the military.

According to family sources the other civilian officials taken into custody include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, and the governor of Khartoum, Ayman Khalid.

The arrest was made known by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of the Sovereign Council, a power-sharing ruling body of the country.

Information Minister Hamza Baloul, media adviser to the Prime Minister, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, and the spokesman for Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, were also arrested.

The General also announced a state of emergency across the country and dissolved the council and the transitional government.

According to the information ministry, Hamdok was arrested and moved to an undisclosed location after refusing to issue a statement in support of the coup.

Protesters in Sudan streets

The development on Monday, prompted thousands of people to take to the streets in the capital, Khartoum, to demand the release of the political leaders amid reports of clashes and gunfire.

Soldiers were stationed on the streets of Khartoum and restricted civilians’ movements, as protesters opposed to the military takeover carried the national flag and burned tyres across the city.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors reported at least 12 people were wounded in clashes and the information ministry said that protesters faced gunfire near the military headquarters.

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.

Al-Bashir was toppled after months of street protests in 2019, and a political transition agreed upon after his removal was meant to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the country’s main pro-democratic political group, described the military’s moves as an apparent military coup and called on the public to take to the streets.

“We urge the masses to go out on the streets and occupy them, close all roads with barricades, stage a general labour strike, and not to cooperate with the putschists and use civil disobedience to confront them,” the SPA said in a statement.

Abdalla Hamdok

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