Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest, ministers detained: Report

Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok under house arrest, ministers detained: Report

Military forces in Sudan have placed Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok under house arrest, according to Al-Hadath television, and detained several members of the country’s civilian leadership.
Citing unidentified sources, the Dubai-based broadcaster said a military force besieged the prime minister’s home early Monday before placing him under house arrest.

He said the civilian officials arrested included Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul and media advisor to the prime minister, Faisal Mohammed Saleh.

The spokesperson for Sudan’s ruling Sovereign Council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, and the governor of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Ayman Khalid, were also arrested.

Al-Sheikh’s daughter and Khalid’s wife confirmed their arrest at Al Jazeera.

Sudan has been on the alert since a failed coup plot last month sparked bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups believed to share power after the overthrow of the country’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir was toppled after months of street protests in 2019, and an agreed political transition after his withdrawal was expected to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said “access to telecommunications has been restricted” in the country “so it is very difficult to communicate with people here”.

“The army has also blocked all roads and all bridges leading to the city of Khartoum. We have seen soldiers blocking access and they tell us that these are the orders they received. They say that access to the city of Khartoum should be restricted, and that is causing concern because that is where government institutions are located, this is where the presidential palace and the prime minister’s offices are located.

There was no immediate comment from the military, with Sudanese state television broadcasting patriotic songs. But Al Hadath said Abel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s sovereign council, is expected to make a statement on Monday’s developments soon.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese Professionals Association, the country’s main pro-democracy political group, has called the military measures an apparent military coup and called on the public to take to the streets.

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

Last week, tens of thousands of Sudanese marched through several towns to support the full transfer of power to civilians and to counter a rival multi-day sit-in outside the presidential palace in Khartoum demanding a return to “military rule” .

Hamdok has previously described the splits in the interim government as the “worst and most dangerous crisis” facing Sudan’s transition.


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