Sudanese Prime Minister Placed Under House Arrest By Military Forces In Apparent Coup

Sudan’s military has placed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest after moving him to an unknown location for refusing to support a coup, according to the information ministry.

The ministry said on Monday that Hamdok called on the Sudanese people to “defend their revolution”.

Al-Jazeera reporter, Hiba Morgan reporting from Khartoum said,

“telecommunications access has been restricted” in the country “so it’s very hard to communicate with people here”.

“The military has also blocked all roads and bridges leading into Khartoum city. We’ve seen soldiers blocking access and they are telling us these are the orders they got,” she said.

“They are saying access to Khartoum city is to be restricted, and this is raising concern because that’s where the government institutions are, that’s where the presidential palace and the prime minister’s offices are located.”

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the toppling of the country’s longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.

Al-Bashir was removed after months of street protests in 2019, and a political transition agreed upon after his removal was meant to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

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