Coup in Sudan: PM, top government officials arrested

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 KHARTOUM – The Sudanese government headed by Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok appears to have been toppled in an apparent coup.

Military forces in the restive African country have arrested several members the country’s civilian leadership and put the Prime Minister A
house arrest, according to Al-Hadath TV.

The broadcaster said the arrests took place before dawn on Monday.

Citing unidentified sources, Al Hadath said those detained include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and media adviser to the prime minister, Faisal Saleh.

The spokesman for Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, al-Fiky Suliman, and the governor Sudan’s capital Khartoum, Ayman Khalid, were also arrested.

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the toppling the country’s long time leader Omar al-Bashir.

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

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, said “telecommunications access has been restricted” in the country “so it’s very hard to get information on what’s going on”.

“The military has also blocked all roads and bridges leading into Khartoum city. We are still waiting for a statement from the military.”

The Sudanese Professional’s Association, the country’s main pro-democratic political group, called the military’s moves on Monday an apparent military coup and called on the public to to the streets. (Adapted from reports by Al Jazeera and News Agencies)