Sudan military dissolves transitional government, seizes power
Sudan’s military has detained Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok after besieging his house early on Monday, triggering fears of a potential coup d'état in the Central African nation.
In a statement, Sudan's Ministry of Information confirmed that Hamdok has been detained. It said the prime minister has been moved to an unknown location "after refusing to support coup".
Earlier, media reports, citing unknown sources, said unidentified military forces stormed Hamdok’s house before dawn in the capital Khartoum and arrested him.
Several members of the country’s civilian leadership were also taken into custody, according to reports.
Among those arrested include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and media adviser to the PM, Faisal Mohammed Saleh, according to Al-Hadath TV.
Reports of demonstrations in some neighborhoods of Khartoum are already coming in. Importantly, separate rallies were held in recent days in support of both the military and the government.
Last week, Sudanese protesters rallied near the presidential palace in Khartoum demanding the dissolution of the transitional government.
Pro-military demonstrators carried banners calling for the dismissal of the government, while some claimed that the transitional administration had “failed” politically and economically.
Crisis-stricken Sudan has been embroiled in a longstanding political crisis since the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, driven mostly by deteriorating economic woes.
The transitional government has time and again pledged to fix the economy battered by decades of corruption, internal conflicts, and international sanctions.
But support for the government has waned in recent months amid a tough package of IMF-backed economic reforms, including slashing of fuel subsidies and a managed float of the Sudanese pound.
Military coups in African countries, which have increased significantly in recent years, are the most important legacy of the Western colonial powers.
In their grab for influence and resources, colonial powers drew artificial borders across the Middle East and Africa, often arbitrarily splitting traditional tribal territories into new states.
These Western imperialists turned African countries into hotbeds of conflict and war, exposing them to violent changes of power to the point that the number of coups exceeded 200 since the late 1950s.
The latest military takeover in Africa took place last week in Guinea after the country’s president, Alpha Conde, was overthrown by the junta.
So far this year, there's been a noticeably higher than average number of coups compared with the previous two decades (Niger, Chad, Mali and Guinea).
While African countries have been striving for national unity since gaining independence from European colonists, most are still involved in political crises and military coups.
Experts say Europe's arbitrary post-colonial borders left Africans bunched into countries that don't represent their heritage, a contradiction that still troubles them today.