Soldiers Arrest Sudanese PM, Take Over Govt
Disturbing reports have it that the prime minister of Sudan, Abdallah Hamdok, has been placed under house arrest by a gang of soldiers in what might be another coup in Africa.
According to Al Jazeera, Hamdok and some of his ministers were arrested by the soldiers in the early hours of Monday, October 25.
Among Sudanese government officials nabbed by the soldiers were industry minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and media adviser to Hamdok, Faisal Mohammed Saleh.
ther arrested persons are the spokesman for Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, and Ayman Khalid, the governor of Khartoum.
It was gathered that while telecommunications access has been restricted, all roads and bridges leading into Khartoum City have been blocked.
Quoting Cameroun Hudson, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, VOA said:
“It is a major blow to the democratic experiment in Sudan.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government had vehemently rejected the coup d’etat in the Republic of Guinea on Sunday, September 5, which ousted President Alpha Conde from the seat of power.
The federal government made its position known in a statement shared on the Facebook page of the ministry of foreign affairs, hours after heavy gunfire erupted near the presidential palace.
Condemning the coup d’état, the federal government through the spokesperson of the foreign affairs ministry, Esther Sunsuwa rejected any unconstitutional change of government.
Sunsuwa said the coup is a violation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
In the statement, the government called on those behind the coup to restore constitutional order without delay and protect all lives and property in the country.