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Coup reports: Sudan’s civilian leaders arrested

Demonstrators block roads in the capital, Khartoum, in protest at the arrests

Demonstrators block roads in the capital, Khartoum, in protest at the arrests

Members of Sudan’s midway government and other civilian leaders have been apprehended in the amidst of reports of a military coup.

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is one of those announced to have been put under house arrest by undisclosed soldiers.

The army has not responded, yet pro-democracy groups strongly admonished street protests.

Military and civilian leaders have been in conflict since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was toppled two years ago and the intervening government set up.

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It’s not clear who ordered the pre-dawn arrests.

A declaration from the information ministry on Facebook stated that the confinement were carried out by “joint military forces” and those apprehended were being held in “an unidentified location”.

The ministry declared that soldiers had moved forcefully to the HQ of the state broadcaster in Omdurman and detained staff there.

It also said Mr Hamdok was being pressurized to support a coup but was declining to do so and he urged people to continue with peaceful disagreement to

“defend the revolution”.

The United States was “deeply alarmed” by the coup statements, its special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, stated. The UN, EU and Arab League also expressed deep concern.

Observers have reported that the internet is down in the north African nation’s capital, Khartoum, at the time images became visible on social media showing angry crowds burning tyres in the streets.

The army and paramilitary have been posted across the city, limiting the movement of civilians, an eyewitness is reported as saying by Reuters news agency.

Khartoum airport is now blocked, and international flights are in the meantime suspended.

Sudan’s main pro-democracy group has called on its backers to counter any military coup.

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The military and civilian intervening commands have ruled together since President Bashir was overthrown after months of street protests in 2019.

A power-sharing agreement between the military and a insecure alliance of groups – the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) – had been agreed, launching the Sovereign Council.

It was to rule the country for one more year – with the intention of holding elections and handing over to civilian rule.

But the agreement has always been irritable and quarrelsome, with a large number of rival political groups – and break-ups within the military too.

Anxieties grew further after a attempted coup attributed to followers of Mr Bashir was impeded in September.

This month, rivals of Sudan’s change to democracy took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, to call on the army to take control of the country.

Pro-democracy groups declared it was a planned move by the military to retake power.

Last Thursday, 20,000 or more people demonstrated in Khartoum to show unity and agreement with the transitional government.

approval for the intervening government has flopped in recent months as the country’s economy has struggled.

Sudan has not been enable to find a viable political system since independence in 1956 and has seen many coups and coup attempts.

 

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