Sudan military seizes power as Hamdok whisked to unknown location

Sudan military seizes power as Hamdok whisked to unknown location
Fire it by civilian protesters opposing the military coup on Monday. [Photo: AFP]

The Sudanese military has toppled the civilian government and taken over power, throwing into disarray the fate of the transitional government that was instituted in the post-Bashir era.

According to Reuters, the Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who has led the Sovereign Council—a body that oversaw power-sharing between military and civilian leaders—announced a state of emergency after the apparent takeover.

Al-Burhan played down the ramifications of the move by insisting that it was time for the military to ”step up and protect the safety and security of the country”. That he abolished the council was enough evidence that the takeover was imminent.

According to Al-Burhan, who spoke hours after the looming takeover was aired by a number of media houses, the military is committed to safeguarding the civilians’ desire to be governed by a democratically elected government.

“We guarantee the armed forces’ commitment to completing the democratic transition until we hand over to a civilian elected government,” he was quoted by Reuters saying, as he added the move is setting elections for July 2023.

“What the country is going through now is a real threat and danger to the dreams of the youth, and the hopes of the nation to build a nation whose features are starting to emerge.”

The media revealed that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was placed under house arrest after he turned down offers to endorse a military takeover. Sources reveal that Dr Hamdok is in an undisclosed location.

Aside from Hamdok were other leaders such as ministers and heads of political leaders said to have been arrested and placed under detention.

The arrest of leaders and the subsequent takeover triggered a counter-demonstration as civilians poured in the streets to protest the military coup.

The United Nations, Arab League and African Union all protested the move as they showed concern.

The AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat called for the speedy resolution of the political situation to allow the military and civilians to head to the negotiating table for peace.

‘‘The chairperson calls for immediate resumption of consultations between civilians and military within the framework of the Political Declaration and Constitutional Decree,’’ he noted in a statement released on Monday.

‘‘The Chairperson reaffirms that dialogue and consensus is the only relevant path to save the country and its democratic transition’’.