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The Sudanese Ministry of Information: the arrest of members of the Transitional Sovereign Council and a number of ministers of the transitional government

The Sudanese Ministry of Information: the arrest of members of the Transitional Sovereign Council and a number of ministers of the transitional government

The Sudanese Ministry of Information announced that members of the Transitional Sovereignty Council and a number of ministers of the transitional government were arrested by joint military forces, and taken to unknown destinations.

It also confirmed that the Internet was cut off from mobile phone networks, and bridges were closed by military forces.

A witness from “Reuters” stated that the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces are deployed today, Monday, in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, restricting the movement of civilians, while protesters carrying the country’s flag and burning tires in different parts of the city.

The witness added that the majority of the Sudanese cabinet members and a large number of leaders of the pro-government parties were arrested in an apparent coup in the capital, Khartoum.

He added that Faisal Muhammad Salih, former minister and advisor to the prime minister and member of the Sovereign Council, Muhammad al-Faki, were also arrested.

The television stated that military forces arrested a number of civilian leaders in Sudan before dawn today, while a prominent pro-democracy group called on the Sudanese to take to the streets to resist any military coup.

The Sudanese Professionals Association called today for a general strike and comprehensive civil disobedience in the face of the “military coup”, following the arrest of prominent civilian leaders in the country.

“We appeal to the masses to go out to the streets and occupy them, to close all roads with barricades, a general strike, and any cooperation with the putschists and civil disobedience in confronting them,” the group’s statement on Telegram said.

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The Sudanese Professionals Association confirmed that most members of the Council of Ministers and the Sovereign Council in Sudan had been arrested.

He pointed out that there are reports of preparing what he described as coup plotters to cut off the Internet.

Al-Hadath TV quoted unidentified sources as saying that Hamdok was placed under house arrest, and that unknown military forces arrested four ministers and a civilian member of the Sovereignty Council.

Sudan has been in a state of tension since a failed coup attempt last month gave way to a sharp exchange of accusations between the military and civilian parties, who are supposed to share power after the overthrow of former leader Omar al-Bashir in 2019.