Sudanese coup general holds prime minister for several hours

Abdalla Hamdok.

However, he promises to continue the transition process to return power to civil society and announces the formation of a government of technocrats

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s new strongman, held Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok in his own home on Tuesday because “they feared for his life,” as he revealed in his first press conference. Al-Burhan announced that the ruler, arrested on Monday after refusing to support the coup, would only return home when things had calmed down. After a few hours he allowed him to return home, surrounded by a heavy military deployment.

The coup leader also promised in that informative appearance that the transition process will continue to return power to civil society and announced that, by the end of the week, the judicial bodies and a legislative council will be formed. He also secured the formation of a government of independent technocrats to apparently demonstrate the temporary nature of the measures taken.

A coup ends the democratic transition and recovers the dictatorship in Sudan

These statements came as protests against the coup continued in the streets of the capital Khartoum. The last balance spoke of seven killed by the soldiers’ bullets. The new leader assured that the repression was motivated by the need to “avoid a civil war”, and denounced that the parties incited the Army to unleash the conflict. The protesters continue to demand the return of power and set up barricades on public roads.


Sudan remains isolated from the rest of the world. Commercial activity is paralyzed, it lacks telephone and Internet services and it has been announced that there will be no international flights until the 30th. Fear of a generalized repression is heightened by the risk that the coup will be capitalized on by the most reactionary forces, those related to the clique of former President Al-Bashir, the paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces and the Janjaweed militias, implicated in the conflicts in Darfur and South Kordofan.

The United States, which had become the main supporter on the road map to economic stability and the introduction of democracy, is seeking a response that includes neighboring countries.


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