Sudan army coup, arrests Prime Minister

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been placed under house arrest after an unidentified military force surrounded his home on Monday morning (October 25).

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Sudan's Alhadah TV channel on October 25, citing unnamed sources, said that unidentified military forces had surrounded the home of Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. The official is currently under house arrest.

In addition, the armed forces also arrested four cabinet ministers and a civilian member of the ruling supreme council.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. Photo: Reuters
Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Citing unidentified sources, Al Hadath said that among those detained were Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul and a media adviser to Prime Minister Faisal Mohammed Saleh.

Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, spokesman for the Sovereign Council and Governor of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Ayman Khalid, was also arrested.

The Associated Press reported that unnamed Sudanese officials confirmed the arrests.

Al Jazeera reporter Hiba Morgan reported from Khartoum that the internet was cut off nationwide, while protesters gathered in the streets to protest the arrests of officials.

“The army has also blocked all roads and bridges leading into the city of Khartoum. We have seen soldiers blockade the entrance and say these are the orders they were instructed to carry out," reporter Hiba Morgan reported.

"The movement in and out of the city of Khartoum will also be restricted because it is where government offices, the presidential palace and the prime minister's office are located."

The Sudanese army has blocked all roads and bridges leading into the city of Khartoum
The Sudanese army has blocked all roads and bridges leading into the city of Khartoum

A well-armed Sudanese army and paramilitary forces have also been deployed throughout the capital, Khartoum, a Reuters witness said. The movement of civilians was restricted as protesters carrying national flags burned tires in various parts of the city.

The arrests come after US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman met with military and civilian leaders in Khartoum over the weekend to seek a compromise to the dispute between the two countries. beside.

The political situation in Sudan has become very fragile since last month's failed coup attempt led to bitter accusations between military and civilian groups of sharing power after the leader The country's long-standing religion, Omar al-Bashir, was overthrown.

Mr. Al-Bashir was ousted after months of street protests in 2019. The factions reached an agreement on a political transition with elections scheduled for late 2023.

Last week, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan, chairman of the ruling Sovereign Council, stated that dissolving the Hamdok government would likely resolve the ongoing political crisis.

That proposal was opposed by hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters. Several cabinet ministers have joined massive protests in Khartoum as well as in cities across Sudan against the prospect of military rule.

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