First Published Oct 25, 2021, 11:32 PM IST
LowAfter the overthrow of Kamake Kovid, the army overthrew another democratic government. In another country after Myanmar and Afghanistan, the military regime overthrew the democratic government and took power. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced on national television that the military had seized power in the wake of the political crisis in Sudan over the past few weeks. Sudan’s Sovereignty Council of Sudan was abolished by agreement between the military and the civilian government. The regime was completely in the hands of the army and General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan. Burhan promised the Sudanese people that he would hand over power to a government elected by civil society following the declaration of a state of emergency.
Leading Sudanese pro-government leaders and leaders have reportedly been arrested following the announcement of the coup. Senior government officials and political leaders were arrested.
Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok has been arrested by the army. Also arrested were Cabinet Affairs Minister Khalid Omar, Sovereign Council member Mohammed al-Fiki Suliman and Hamdok’s media adviser Faisal Mohammed Salih.
Ayman Khalid, the governor of the state where the capital is located, was also arrested, according to the official Facebook page of his office. The detainees were detained in an “unknown location”, according to the RTI Ministry’s Facebook page.
Concerns have been lingering for some time that the military may try to seize power in Sudan. A coup attempt was made last September but failed.
Following this, militant Islamist groups with military support took to the streets with slogans against the Sovereign Committee. Subsequent democratic organizations took to the streets in support of the Sovereign Committee.
The generals slammed members of the traditional power structure and demanded the dismissal of Prime Minister Hamdok’s government.
This was followed by riots in the streets. It was alleged that General Burhan had usurped power by creating such a tense situation.
Although the day-to-day administration of the country is overseen by the Hamdok-led government, the final decision rests with the military-dominated Sovereign Council on policy matters.
Protesters took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, after news of the leaders’ arrest spread. Shots were reportedly heard from several areas. The National Television Center was reportedly taken over by the army and several people, including journalists, were arrested.
Witnesses say the Internet has been banned in the capital and troops and paramilitary forces have been deployed throughout the city. Khartoum Airport was closed due to the suspension of international flights.
Following the news of the arrests, the country’s main pro-democracy group and two political parties called on Sudanese to take to the streets.
The Communist Party called on the workers to strike in the wake of the “complete military coup” led by General Burhan.
Protesters in the streets chanted “No military rule”. “People called out that we would not take to the streets until the civilian government returned and the transition was back. “We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transformation of Sudan,” said Haitham Mohammed, another protester.
Today’s social media videos from Khartoum show that the streets were filled with large groups of protesters, including women. Protesters set fire to barricades in several places. A committee of Sudanese doctors said at least three people were killed and at least 12 were injured.
In a televised speech after taking office, General Burhan claimed that the violence, violence, and incitement to violence by politicians had forced him to take over the country’s security and “correct the course of the revolution.”
Sudan violated international agreements to overthrow civilian rule by holding elections in July 2023. With this, Sudan, which is going through a severe financial crisis, will again lose the international support it has been receiving in recent times.
After months of street protests, President Omar al – Bashir was overthrown by a coalition of military and civilian leaders. Sudan has been governed by a joint governing body of the Forces of Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council since August 2019.
The agreement was that the Sovereign Council would be headed by a military man for 21 months and a civilian for the next 18 months. Then hold elections in 2023 and hand over power to the elected government. Al-Burhan has now violated this agreement as well.
Burhan declared a state of emergency in the country and claimed that the country’s military would lead the election in July 2023. Al-Burhan also claimed that the army would hand over power to a democratically elected government after the election.
He added that the country’s constitution would be rewritten and a legislative committee would be formed with the participation of “young men and women who carried out this revolution”.
The African Union has demanded the release of all Sudanese political leaders, including Abdullah Hamdok. “Dialogue and consensus are the only way to save the country and its democratic transition,” said Moussa Faki, head of the African Union Commission.
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