Ground Report | New Delhi: What is happening in Sudan; The Sudanese Ministry of Information has said that the country’s forces have detained the Prime Minister for not supporting a “military coup”. After weeks of tensions between civilian and military institutions, the situation has reached a stalemate, the first since dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April 2019, according to AFP.
What is happening in Sudan
The Ministry of Information said in a statement on Facebook that the forces also detained civilian members and ministers of the Sudanese government council. “For not supporting the uprising, the army has detained Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdouk and transferred him to an unknown location.” The message also said that internet services had been suspended and bridges and roads connected to the capital Khartoum had been closed.
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Two years ago, an interim government came into force after long-time Sudanese ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted from power. Since then, there has been a state of a tussle between the army and the civilian government. It is still not clear who actually got these arrests done.
In a statement on Twitter, he added: “This is against the constitutional declaration [which clarifies the transitional system] and also against the democratic traditions of the Sudanese people.” “Any forced change in the interim government is dangerous for US assistance,” he said.
After a failed coup attempt on September 21 this year, tensions rose again in October and differences escalated. Last week, thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in various cities, demanding that power be vested in civilians.
Another purpose was to oppose demonstrations in front of the presidential palace, demanding the return of the “military” government. On Saturday, Hamdouk denied rumors of a cabinet reshuffle, saying “such reports are not true.”
Who is in power in Sudan?
The transition to democracy in Sudan has been ongoing since 2019, following a popular uprising and the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.
Omar al-Bashir ruled for three decades but faced unpopularity in the West.
Under the August 2019 agreement, the Sudanese military is responsible for governing with elected officials of the Sovereign Council, or Sovereign Council, set up by civilian political groups, and leading the country to elections by 2023.
Multiple coup attempts in a row
Pro-democracy groups say that the military carried out this coup in a systematic way so that it could come back to power. This month, opponents of the Provisional Government took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, to support the military’s take over.
Then on this Thursday itself, thousands of people marched in the capital Khartoum, showing solidarity with the interim government.
However, support for the internal government has declined in recent months as Sudan’s economy is going through a difficult period. Political stability has not been achieved in Sudan since its independence, that is, since 1956, and there have been many successive coup attempts.