Prime Minister’s house surrounded, senior government officials reportedly arrested – .

Prime Minister’s house surrounded, senior government officials reportedly arrested – .

It is not known if the army is there to protect Hamdok, or if he is under house arrest in the capital.

Various senior government officials were also reportedly arrested and taken to prison by men wearing military police uniforms, according to witnesses to the arrests posted on social media as well as Reuters and other media outlets on the ground, citing sources. anonymous government.

Those arrested are believed to be government ministers and members of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council. CNN cannot independently verify arrests.

According to witnesses, as early as Monday morning local time, demonstrators gathered in the streets of the capital to protest the arrests, light bonfires and set up roadblocks.

This comes after the Association of Professionals of Sudan, a pro-democracy Sudanese political group, called on the population to take to the streets to resist the “military coup”.
Internet monitoring site NetBlocks reported an internet disruption in Sudan on Monday, saying: “Sudan amid reports of military coup and detention of Prime Minister; real-time network data shows national connectivity at 34% of ordinary levels; the incident is ongoing.

A source in Khartoum said CNN calls are not connected for Sudanese and the internet is down.

Political crisis

Military and civilian groups share power in the East African country in a difficult alliance, dubbed the Sovereign Council, since the overthrow of longtime President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

But following a failed coup attempt in September attributed to forces loyal to Bashir, military leaders demanded reforms from the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and replacement of the cabinet.

Civilian leaders, however, accused them of aiming for a takeover – and with Sudan grappling with the biggest political crisis in its two-year transition.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace in Khartoum on October 17 calling for the military to seize power. They were organized by an FFC faction aligned with the army and called on General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the armed forces and the Joint Military-Civilian Sovereign Council of Sudan, to launch a coup and overthrow the government.

Days later, thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets of Khartoum and other cities to express their support for civilian rule in the country’s power-sharing government.

This is a developing story.

Reuters additional reports.


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