According to three political sources, soldiers detained the majority of Sudan’s cabinet members as well as a substantial number of pro-government party leaders on Monday in an apparent military coup, throwing a delicate transition to democracy into turmoil.
According to Saudi-owned, Dubai-based Al Hadath, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been put under house arrest, and military troops have detained four cabinet ministers, one civilian member of the governing Sovereign Council, as well as many state governors and party officials.
The military did not respond immediately.
According to the communications ministry, “combined military troops” detained civilian members of the Sovereign Council and government officials and took them to an unknown location.
According to a Reuters witness, combined troops from the military and the formidable paramilitary Rapid Support Forces were stationed in Khartoum’s streets.
Sudan has been on edge after a failed coup effort last month sparked furious recriminations between military and civilian factions supposed to share power following the departure of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.