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Coup in Sudan: PM and ministers detained

10:26, 25 October 2021
Coup in Sudan: PM and ministers detained

At least five Sudan government officials including the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the Head of Sovereignty Council of Sudan Mohamed al-Faki were detained by the military force on Monday morning, the Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information said on social media.


The Sudan PM was initially put under home arrest and was demanded to endorse the coup. However, Hamdok apparently refused to support the seizure of power and he was moved to an undisclosed location. 

The coup came about a couple of weeks after the authorities said they had suppressed a coup attempt by supporters of the former dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, the pro-democratic political group, had recently posted on Facebook that the military officials were preparing to take over the power.

The opposition to the pro-military rebellion called people into the streets to decry the coup. The protesters have already blocked the roads in the capital Khartoum and started to burn the tires.  

It’s also been reported that there were some internet and mobile communication outages in the capital.  

The coup possibility has threatened the Sudan transitional government since 2019 when leader al-Bashir was overthrown, and Sudan has been split into two factions.

In April 2019 President Omar al-Bashir who had run the country since 1993 was removed and arrested due to another coup. The power was passed to the Sudan military council. The militant and opposition agreed to impose a three-year transient period to establish a new government. 

However, the opposition took a strike to call upon establishing a new cabinet immediately as the protest wasn’t halted.

In 2020 the intelligence officers attempted to take power but they failed and were arrested as well. In the same year, the incumbent Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok survived an assassination attempt as he headed to work in Khartoum.