In Sudan, the prime minister arrested by “armed forces”

From ” armed forces “ detain Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, arrested after refusing to support a ” Rebellion “, announced Monday, October 25, the Ministry of Information in a press release. Mr. Hamdok was “Taken to an unidentified place”, adds the ministry. Earlier, he announced, also in a statement, that most of the ministers and civilian members of the Sovereignty Council that oversees the transition in Sudan have been arrested.

The Internet network has been cut across the country, noted journalists from Agence France-Presse. Demonstrators gathered in the streets of Khartoum, the capital, to protest against the arrests and to shout General Abdel Fattah Al-Bourhane, who heads the sovereignty council now cut off from his civilian part.

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Putsch attempt

In Sudan, the situation has been tense for several weeks between the civilian and military transitional authorities. On October 16, demonstrators supporting the army pitched their tents in front of the presidential palace where the transitional authorities sit, divided between civilians and soldiers. In response, on Thursday, October 21, hundreds of thousands of people marched through several towns to, they said, ” to save “ their “Revolution”, the uprising that in 2019 ended 30 years of Omar Al-Bashir’s dictatorship.

The soldiers who ensured his succession signed a power-sharing agreement with the Forces for Freedom and Change, a coalition of civilian parties supported by the popular uprising. But since the failed coup attempt on September 21, the transition seemed poised to derail and the generals have stepped up frontal attacks on the ” mismanagement ” civilians.

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The date was not trivial: October 21 is the anniversary of the popular uprising and the general strike which, in 1964, overcame General Ibrahim Abboud, who came to power by force shortly after independence. of the country in 1956.

Since then, the pro-army sit-in has spilled over elsewhere in Khartoum. On Sunday morning, they blocked one of the city’s main bridges, creating huge traffic jams. In the evening, they went out again, burning tires across the roads. Facing them, the Association of Sudanese Professionals, one of the spearheads of the 2019 revolt, called on supporters of civil power to ” civil disobedience “ facing a “Violent military coup”.

Two days ago, supporters of civil power warned against a “Rampant coup”, during a press conference that a small crowd had sought to prevent.

The country’s leadership is supposed to be handed over to civilians as the first step in a process that will lead, at the end of 2023, to the organization of free elections, the first in thirty years. Since its independence, Sudan has experienced three military dictatorships, each of which abruptly interrupted a period of democratic transition.

The World with AFP