Leaders Arrested During an Alleged Military Coup in Khartoum

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok [Photo: Nation]

Reports indicate that a military coup in Khartoum – Sudan, has seen several government officials reportedly arrested as the country’s political crisis escalates.

At least four cabinet ministers have been detained by unidentified soldiers.

One report suggests civilian Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was arrested, however this is yet to be confirmed.

Witnesses say the internet is down in Khartoum, while images on social media show angry crowds burning tyres in the streets.

Security forces are likely to remain deployed in the coming hours, as movement restrictive measures are in place.

This comes amid rising tensions between the military and the transitional government.

Both sides have been sharing power since the toppling of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, however tensions have grown since a coup attempt attributed to followers of Mr. Bashir was foiled in September.

Earlier this month, opponents of Sudan’s transition to democracy took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, to call on the army to take control of the country, with support for the interim government having slumped in recent months.

We renew our confidence in the government, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and reforming transitional institutions, however without dictations or imposition,” said Forces for Freedom and Change leader Yasser Arman

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