Ruler and Prime Minister of Sudanese government, Abdalla Hamdok has been arrested and detained alongside others by the Military in Sudan coup.
According to reports, Hamdok was detained on Monday after refusing to support the coup as the armed force seek to retain power.
Civilian members of Sudan’s ruling council and ministers in Hamdok’s transitional government were also detained by the joint military forces, the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.
“Civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of ministers from the transitional government have been detained by joint military forces,
“They have been led to an unidentified location,” the information ministry said.
It added later that after refusing to support the coup, an army force detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and took him to an unidentified location.
Internet services were cut across the country and the main roads and bridges connecting to the capital Khartoum shuttered.
Dozens of demonstrators have taken to the street to protest against the detention, setting car tyres on fire.
Protesters took to several parts of Khartoum carrying the Sudanese flags.
“Civilian rule is the people’s choice,” and “No to military rule,” some of them chanted.
“We will not accept military rule and we are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan,” said demonstrator Haitham Mohamed.
“We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back,” said Sawsan Bashir, another protester.
Last week tens of thousands of Sudanese marched in several cities to back the full transfer of power to civilians, and to counter a rival days-long sit-in outside the presidential palace in Khartoum demanding a return to “military rule”.
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said the US is deeply alarmed at reports of a military takeover of the transitional government.
In his statement on Twitter, Feltman said;
“This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration (which outlines the transition) and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people,
“Any changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk US assistance.”
Since August 2019, the country has been led by a civilian-military administration tasked with overseeing the transition to full civilian rule.