Sudanese prime minister detained at general’s home after military takeover – .

Sudanese prime minister detained at general’s home after military takeover – .

Sudan’s top general, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, defended the army’s seizure of power, saying on Tuesday he had toppled the transitional government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to avoid civil war.
Speaking at his first press conference since announcing Monday’s takeover, Burhan accused politicians of incitement against the armed forces. He said Hamdok was not injured and was taken to Burhan’s home.

“The Prime Minister was at home. However, we were afraid he was in danger, so he was placed with me in my home, ”said Burhan.

“The dangers we witnessed last week could have led the country to civil war. “

Cabinet ministers attended protests last week to protest the prospect of a military takeover.

Soldiers arrested the prime minister and other members of his cabinet on Monday, and hours later Burhan appeared on television to announce the dissolution of the Sovereign Council, a body set up to share power among military representatives. and civilians.

The military takeover halted Sudan’s transition to democracy two years after a popular uprising toppled long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

A health ministry official said seven people were killed on Monday in clashes between protesters and security forces.

Shops closed, calls for a general strike

Images on social media showed new street protests on Tuesday in the towns of Atbara, Dongola, Elobeid and Port Sudan. People chanted “Don’t go back to the army, the army will not protect you”.

Khartoum and the town of Omdurman, which lies across the Nile from the capital, were partly locked down, with shops closed and plumes of smoke rising from which protesters burned tires.

Calls for a general strike were broadcast over mosque loudspeakers. Streets and bridges were blocked by soldiers or barricades of demonstrators.

The Sudanese are erecting barricades as they protest a military coup that reversed the transition to civilian rule on Monday in al-Shajara district in southern Khartoum. (AFP/Getty Images)

Burhan said the military’s action did not constitute a coup, as the military had tried to ease the political transition.

“We just wanted to correct the course towards a transition,” he said. “We promised the Sudanese people and the whole world: we will protect this transition.

He said a new government would be formed that would contain no typical politicians.

Takeover denounced, calls for the release of ministers

Western countries denounced the coup, demanded the release of detained ministers and said they would halt aid if the military did not restore power-sharing with civilians.

Sudan, for decades an outcast under Bashir, depended on Western aid to weather an economic crisis in the two years following Bashir’s overthrow.

Sudanese security forces keep watch on the exterior of a military hospital and government offices in the twin city of Omdurman in the capital during Monday’s protests. (AFP/Getty Images)

Banks and ATMs were closed on Tuesday, and mobile phone apps widely used for money transfers were not accessible.

“We are paying the price for this crisis,” said angrily a man in his 50s looking for drugs in one of the drugstores where stocks are running out.

“We cannot work, we cannot find bread, there are no services, no money. “

In the western town of El Geneina, resident Adam Haroun said there was total civil disobedience, with schools, shops and gas stations being closed.


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