Military coup in Sudan: leaders arrested and protests in the streets

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Military forces in Sudan have put Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok under house arrest and arrested several members of the country’s civilian leadership. Those detained included Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul and Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, member of the country’s ruling transitional body, known as the Sovereign Council, as well as Faisal Mohammed Saleh, a media adviser to Hamdok. Ayman Khalid, governor of the state containing the capital, Khartoum, was also arrestednternet access was widely disrupted and the country’s state news channel played patriotic traditional music. The coup comes after months of rising tensions in the country, where military and civilian groups have shared power in a shaky transitional coalition, called the Sovereign Council, since former president Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power in 2019.

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In response after coup, thousands flooded the streets of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman to protest the apparent military takeover blocking streets and setting fire to tires. Protesters could be heard chanting, “The people are stronger, stronger” and “Retreat is not an option!” Security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters. The head of Sudan’s armed forces expressed hopes that an elected government would be in place anytime soon.The United States and the European Union expressed concern over Monday’s developments. Global leaders were watching the unfolding events in Sudan with concern.