Sudanese general dissolves government

General al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, announced the dissolution of the government and declared a nationwide state of emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council that runs Sudan, said today that the military carried out the coup to “end the confrontation between politicians and prevent the risk of inciting violence.” force”.

He then announced the dissolution of the government and the Sovereign Council of Sudan, declared a nationwide state of emergency and promised to soon form a “more talented” government.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan during a press conference in the capital Khartoum in September 2020.  Photo: AFP.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan during a press conference in the capital Khartoum in September 2020. Photo: AFP.

Prime Minister Hamdok has been under house arrest since the morning of October 25 after an army unit surrounded his home in the capital Khartoum. The group of men in military uniforms also arrested several high-ranking government officials, including the Cabinet Minister, the Information Minister, the Prime Minister’s communications adviser and a member of the Sovereignty Council.

Sudan’s Information Ministry later issued a statement, confirming that many ministers had been arrested by “coalition military forces”. “After Prime Minister Hamdok refused to participate in the coup, an army unit arrested him and took him to an unknown location,” the statement read.

AFP journalists said the internet was cut off across the country, as protesters gathered in the streets to protest against the army’s actions. Soldiers appeared on the main roads leading to the capital, while the television was playing patriotic songs.

Political upheaval in Sudan comes as the North African nation is on the brink of instability following last month’s failed coup. Military and civilian groups in Sudan have been vying for power after longtime leader Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019.

Sudan’s Sovereign Council is in charge of running the country, under a power-sharing agreement between the military and civilian forces after Bashir’s ouster.

Bashir became president after the 1989 Muslim-backed coup. He was one of the longest-ruling presidents in Sudan, for nearly 30 years, and is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide. and war crimes. Bashir was ousted in April 2019 in a military coup, after four months of popular protests demanding his resignation.

Vu Anh (Follow Reuters)

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