Sudan’s PM Hamdok under house arrest

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – SEPTEMBER 05: Prime minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok makes the announcement of the Transitional Government during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan on September 05, 2019. (Photo by Mahmoud Hajj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

KHARTOUM, Sudan—Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was put under house arrest after an unidentified military force besieged his house early on Monday, Al Arabioya sinister channel Al Hadath reported citing unidentified sources.

Most of the members of the country’s cabinet and a large number of pro-government party leaders were arrested in an apparent coup in Khartoum, three political sources said.

Sudanese military and paramilitary forces deployed across the capital Khartoum, restricting civilian movements and protestors carrying the national flag, burnt tires in different areas in the city.

Khartoum airport was shut and international flights were suspended.  There was no immediate comment from the military.

The head of the Sudan sovereign Council was expected to give a statement about the developments. According to a Reuters statement, the internet in the country was also slowed to almost zero.

The Sudanese’s professionals Association called for a general strike and civil disobedience in the face of a military coup according to a statement.

Sudan has been on the edge since a failed coup last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the 2019 ouster of former leader Omar al-Bashir.

Bashir was toppled and jailed after months of street protests. A political transition agreed after his ouster was meant to lead elections by the end of 2023.

As tensions built this month, a coalition of rebel groups and political parties aligned themselves with the military. Supporters of the military have been staging a sit-in outside the presidential palace calling on the military to dissolve the civilian government.

Last week, several cabinet ministers took part in big protests in several parts of Khartoum and other cities against the prospect of the military rule.

The military head of the Sovereign Council has previously asserted his commitment to the transition.