Ministers and other politicians from civil groups were said to have been arrested.
Army chief giving a speech
Soldiers closed the bridges over the Nile and the road to the airport. A number of soldiers stormed the headquarters of the National Broadcasting Corporation in Omdurman on the west bank of the Nile. They were going to take people away.
Internet and phone traffic is not working or working hard. The military commander in the transitional government, Major General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, announced that he would deliver a speech. He is also the head of the army.
The ministry stated that the “joint forces” are pressuring Prime Minister Hamdok because they want him to publicly express his support for the coup. According to the ministry, the prime minister refused and would have been taken away.
In the past month, there has already been a coup attempt that has exacerbated the differences between the military and civilians in the regime. The notorious militias that were formed under former President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, and it seems that regional warlords and unwilling militias are trying to eliminate civilian politicians.
According to the ministry, the prime minister calls for peaceful protests. The unions have already called on residents of the capital, Khartoum, to take to the streets to defend the government. Pictures from Al Arabiya show people setting up burning barricades in the streets.
In Sudan, the regime of dictator Omar Hassan al-Bashir was overthrown in 2019 after widespread protests. Since then, a transitional government has been in power, seeking rapprochement with the West and also the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel.
The government is made up of various military and civilian groups. They must supervise the transition to the government of all citizens.
Since the country gained independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956, there have been several military coups. The coup leader who took power in 1989, General al-Bashir, remained in power for nearly 30 years. He was ousted in 2019 during mass protests.
But this “revolution” continued, led by soldiers from the Bashir regime. Civilian generals and politicians who want a democratic form of government have been trying to work together in a transitional government ever since. But Prime Minister Hamdok and senior officers were increasingly arguing, including over the ruthless military elite’s control of the country’s economy.
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