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Apparent military coup in Sudan threatens already fragile transition to democracy

Cairo – Sudan’s Information Ministry said the country’s acting prime minister Abdulla Hamdok has been placed under house arrest as a military coup unfolds in the North African country. East.

After refusing to participate in the coup, an army force arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and took him to an unidentified location, the ministry said in a statement, according to Agence France-Presse. .

Earlier, the ministry said military forces arrested a number of senior Sudanese government officials as the country’s main pro-democracy group called on people to take to the streets to counter the apparent coup.

The Reuters news agency quoted sources as saying that soldiers arrested most of the cabinet members and many leaders of pro-government parties.

US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said Washington was “deeply alarmed” by reports of the military takeover, adding that it put US aid “at risk” .

Feltman posted the initial U.S. position on the State Department’s Office of African Affairs Twitter page:

The Information Ministry said the internet had been cut and military forces shut down the bridges. The country’s state news channel broadcast traditional patriotic music and Nile scenes.

The Umma Party, the country’s largest political party, called the arrests an attempted coup and called on people to take to the streets to resist. Earlier, the Sudanese Professionals Association, a group leading demands for a transition to democracy, made a similar appeal.

A possible military takeover would be a major setback for Sudan, which has struggled with a transition to democracy since longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir was toppled by mass protests ago more than two years.

Monday’s arrests come after weeks of growing tension between Sudanese civilian and military leaders.

Apparent military coup in Sudan threatens already fragile transition to democracy
People gather as smoke and fire are seen on the streets of Kartoum, Sudan, amid reports of a coup on October 25, 2021, in this still from video obtained via social networks.


A failed coup attempt in September fractured the country along old lines, pitting more conservative Islamists who want a military government against those who toppled al-Bashir. In recent days, both camps have taken to the streets to demonstrate.

Under Hamdok and the transitional council, Sudan slowly emerged from years of international pariah status under al-Bashir. The country was removed from the list of US terrorist-supporting states in 2020, opening the door to much-needed international loans and investment. The country’s economy has struggled with the brunt of a number of economic reforms called for by international credit institutions.

There have been previous military coups in Sudan since gaining independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956. Al-Bashir came to power in a military coup. of 1989 that overthrew the last elected government in the country.

Monday’s arrests followed meetings Feltman had with Sudanese military and civilian leaders on Saturday and Sunday in an effort to resolve the dispute. The Sudanese state news website highlighted the meetings with military officials.

The Sudanese Communist Party called on workers to go on strike and mass civil disobedience after what it described as a “complete military coup” orchestrated by the head of the Sovereign Council, General Abdel-Fattah Burhan.

NetBlocks, a group that tracks internet disruptions, said it saw a “significant disruption” in fixed and mobile internet connections across Sudan with several providers early Monday.

“The metrics corroborate user reports of network disruptions appearing consistent with an Internet shutdown,” the rights group said. “The disruption is likely to limit the free flow of information online and media coverage of incidents on the ground.”


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