As a military officer dissolved Sudanese transitional government, security forces in the country have arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several other members of the country’s civilian leadership.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a general who headed the Sovereign Council, a power-sharing ruling body, announced a state of emergency across the country and dissolved the council and the transitional government.
Reports said Hamdok was arrested and moved to an undisclosed location, after refusing to issue a statement in support of the coup.
Today’s arrests prompted thousands of people to take to the streets in the capital, Khartoum, to demand the release of the political leaders amid reports of clashes and gunfire.
Soldiers were stationed on the streets of Khartoum and restricted civilians’ movements, as protesters opposed to the military takeover carried the national flag and burned tyres across the city.