World Leader Arrested During Coup

( )- On Monday, the military in Sudan seized power of the country. In the process, they detained civilian political leaders including the prime minister.

As the New York Times reported, it’s a “sweeping blow” to any hopes for a transition to a democratic government in one of the largest countries in all of Africa.

At a news conference held this week, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a lieutenant general and chief of the military, said he would be dissolving Sudan’s government, which was a joint arrangement between the military and civilian government. In addition, they would be imposing a state of emergency in the country.

Despite all of this, the chief said that Sudan would go forward with elections that are currently planned for July of 2023.

Over the last few weeks, the Times reported that there were growing signs that the military was creating a plan to take over the government. Apparently, the military there seemed unwilling to share power with the civilian government and really wanted to protect their own interests.

To justify the actions of the military, al-Burhan said there was squabbling between different political factions in Sudan that are rivals. He said:

“What the country is going through represents a threat.”

When they found out that the coup was happening, protestors flooded the streets of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. They burned tires in the streets, and smoke filled the sky.

Soon after, though, it became difficult for outsiders to know what was going on, as the information ministry said it cut internet connections.

Some reports were saying that soldiers were gunning down protestors who were gathering outside of the army’s headquarters in the city. A group of doctors said more than 80 people were wounded, and at least three were killed in that attack.

When the coup took place, the military detained Abdallah Hamdok, the country’s prime minister, as well as his wife. One day later, though, they were allowed to return to their home.

The military released them after they received condemnation worldwide for the coup, and called for the military to release all of the government officials who they had taken captive on Monday.

Hamdok’s office released a statement this week that said there were still other officials with the civilian government who were being detained, and he didn’t know where they were located.

Despite being allowed to return to their home, the prime minister and his wife are being kept under “heavy security,” according to one military official cited by the Associated Press. That official didn’t say whether the couple was allowed to make any calls or were free to leave their home.

Before that statement from Hamdok’s office was released, al-Burhan said that Hamdok was being held for his own safety, and would eventually be released. He did say that other members of the government that is now dissolved may face trial at a future date.

It’s unclear at this point whether the military is even united in their goals for the coup. The military is divided quite substantially in Sudan.