Sudan's military is in power following a coup and arrests the prime minister

The streets were crowded with people to protest the decision and chant "The people are stronger, stronger" and "Retreat is not an option!"


The military of Sudan seized power on Monday and dismantled the government of transition just hours after the troops detained the acting prime minister as well as other officials. Many people poured into crowds to express their displeasure at against the coup that could threaten the country's fragile progress towards democratic change.

The takeover comes nearly two decades after the deposing of the long-time autocrat Omar al Bashir and just weeks prior to when the military was scheduled to hand over the control of the council which oversees the African country to civilians.

Following the arrest in the early morning by Prime Premier Abdalla Hamdok and other officials crowds poured into city's streets in the capital city, Khartoum and the twin city, Omdurman. Videos shared online appear to show demonstrators blocking streets and burning tires while security forces employed tear gas to eliminate them.

Armed forces have detained Sudan's Prime Minister over his decision not to back the army's "coup," the information ministry announced, following several weeks of tensions.Ashraf Shazly A. Shazly / AFP Getty Images Getty Images

While smoke suffused the air the protesters were heard shouting, "The people are stronger, stronger" and "Retreat is not an option!" Videos posted on social media showed huge crowds of people walking across bridges that crossed the Nile to the heart in the city.

At twelve protesters have been injured during protests, as per the Sudanese Doctors Committee, which didn't give further information.

After lunch, the commander of the military General. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, announced on the national TV that he would dissolve the government as well as the Sovereign Council, a joint civilian and military body that was established just four months after the ouster of al-Bashir to lead the country.

Burhan claimed that a rift between factions of the political spectrum caused the military to intervene. General Burhan declared an emergency state and stated that the military will select a technocratic administration to guide the country through elections set to take place in July 2023. However, he said the military would remain in the helm.

"The Armed Forces will continue completing the democratic transition until the handover of the country's leadership to a civilian, elected government," said the general declared.

The president also said that the country's constitution would be changed and a legislative body will be created, by the involvement of "young men and women who made this revolution."

The Information Ministry, still loyal to the dissolved government said that the speech was as an "announcement of a seizure of power by military coup."

Image: Abdel-Fattah Burhan

Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan announced in an address on television that he was dissolving government of the country, led by the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.AP

The world community expressed its concerns over the developments of Monday.

Jeffrey Feltman, the U.S. special envoy for Africa's Horn of Africa, said Washington was "deeply alarmed" by the reports. Feltman has met with Sudanese officials this weekend to end the escalating conflict between military and civilian leaders.

EU foreign affairs head Josep Borrell posted on Twitter that he's monitoring the situation with "utmost concern." The U.N. political mission to Sudan condemned the detention of officials from the government "unacceptable."

Hamdok's Office denounced the arrests on Facebook as the result of a "complete coup." It stated that his wife was taken into custody.

Access to the internet was greatly affected and the country's official news channel broadcast patriotic traditional music. At one point, soldiers attacked office buildings of the state-run TV in Omdurman and detained a large number of employees as officials from the Information Ministry said.

There has been a concern for some time that the military might attempt to take over the government, as well as a failure of a attempted coup in the month of September. Tensions only increased from there as the country splintered in old ways as more traditional Islamists who support an unelected government, contrasting with the people who overthrew al-Bashir in protests. In recent weeks both factions have taken to streets in protests.


Protesters lit tires to block roads to protest against the arrests from army. army.AFP Getty Images Getty Images

Since al-Bashir was removed to step down, Sudan has worked to gradually rid itself of the international status it was granted as a result of the dictatorship.

The country was taken off the United States' state supporter of terror list in the year 2020 which opened the way for desperately needed foreign investment and loans. However, the economy is still struggling with the impact of several economic reforms demanded by lending organizations from around the world.

Sudan has seen several coups since it achieved freedom from Britain and Egypt in 1956. Al-Bashir became president in 1989 with a similar overthrow, which wiped out the last elected government in the country.

When the news of the arrests broke the principal pro-democracy organization as well as two political parties issued appeals to Sudanese to go out in the street.

A faction, called the Communist Party called on workers to strike following what they described as an "full military coup" orchestrated by Burhan.

The African Union has called for the release of all Sudanese political leaders, including Hamdok. "Dialogue and consensus is the only relevant path to save the country and its democratic transition," said Moussa Faki, the chairman of the AU commission.