Sudan crisis live updates | Sudan general declares state of emergency after PM Hamdok arrested

People gather around as smoke and fire are seen on the streets of Kartoum, Sudan, amid reports of a coup, October 25, 2021, in this still image from video obtained via social media. Photo: Rasd Sudan Network via Reuters  

Military forces arrested several members of Sudan's civilian leadership early on October 25, Al Hadath TV reported, as a prominent pro-democracy group called on Sudanese to take to the streets to resist any military coup.

Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the 2019 ouster of former leader Omar al-Bashir.

Bashir was toppled after months of street protests. A political transition agreed after his ouster was meant to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

Here are the latest updates:

5:36 p.m.

France's Macron condemns Sudan's military coup

French President Emmanuel Macron has added his voice to the growing global concern over the military coup underway in Sudan.

“France condemns in the strongest terms the attempted coup d’état,” Mr. Macron tweeted, after Sudan's leading general declared a state of emergency and dissolved the civilian government.

Macron said France supports the transitional government that had been tasked with steering Sudan toward democratic elections. He also called for the “immediate release” of Sudan's Prime Minister and other civilian leaders who have been detained.- AP

5:09 p.m.

U.S. urges Sudan's military to 'stand down'

The United States says the leaders of the military coup underway in Sudan are undermining the country's transition to democracy and should “stand down.”

The U.S. Embassy in Sudan said on Twitter Monday it was “gravely concerned” after Sudan's leading general declared a state of emergency and dissolved the ruling body that had been jointly overseen by military and civilian leaders. In the statement the embassy calls on "all actors who are disrupting Sudan’s transition to stand down, and allow the civilian-led transitional government to continue its important work to achieve the goals of the revolution.”- AP

4:31 p.m.

Burhan announcement in Sudan amounts to 'military coup' - information ministry

Sudanese general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has effectively staged a "military coup", the country's information ministry said in reaction to his announcements on Monday declaring a state of emergency and dissolving govermement.

The information ministry is one of the few government bodies still commenting on the situation in Sudan after the detention of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.- Reuters

4:12 p.m.

China urges dialogue between Sudan's factions

China is urging a dialogue between Sudanese factions as an apparent military coup roils the nation.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday that China wanted all parties in Sudan “to resolve their differences through dialogue so as to maintain peace and stability of the country.”

He told reporters that China would continue to closely follow the turbulence in Sudan and “take necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel there.”

China is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and major investor in Africa.- AP

3:54 p.m.

Sudan general declares state of emergency after PM arrested

Sudan’s leading general has declared a state of emergency, hours after his forces arrested the acting prime minister and other senior government officials.

In a televised address, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan announced that he is dissolving the country’s ruling Sovereign Council, as well as the government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

He said quarrels among political factions prompted the military to intervene but he pledged to complete the country's democratic transition, saying a new technocrat government would lead Sudan to elections.- AP

3:01 p.m.

Office of Sudan PM urges protesters to take to streets

The office of Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok called on protesters to take to the streets after security forces detained senior civilian leaders in the transitional government on Monday.

"We call on the Sudanese people to protest using all peaceful means possible... to take back their revolution from the thieves," Hamdok's office said in a statement.- AFP

2:56 p.m.

Sudanese anti-coup protesters face gunfire - information ministry

Sudan's information ministry said on Monday that protesters rejecting an apparent military coup were facing gunfire near the military's headquarters in the capital Khartoum.- Reuters

2:31 p.m.

Germany calls for 'immediate end' to Sudan coup attempt

Germany condemned on Monday a coup attempt in Sudan and called for an "immediate end" to the action.

"I call on everyone in Sudan responsible for security and order to continue Sudan's transition to democracy and to respect the will of the people. The attempted overthrow must come to an immediate end," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.- AFP

1.50 p.m.

Sudan general to make announcement shortly: state TV

Sudan state television said the chairman of the country's ruling body, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, would speak shortly, after the information ministry said a "coup" was underway on Monday.

Soldiers had earlier stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. - AFP

1.30 p.m.

Soldiers storm Sudan TV and radio headquarters, detain staff: ministry

Soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster and detained some employees on Monday, the information ministry said, as part of what it has called a "coup".

"Joint military forces have stormed the TV and radio headquarters in Omdurman and detained a number of staff," the ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook. - AFP

1:38 p.m.

U.N. deeply concerned about reports of coup in Sudan

The United Nations Mission to Sudan has issued an emphatic rebuke of what it called an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine the northeast African nation’s fragile democratic transition.

“The reported detentions of the prime minister, government officials and politicians are unacceptable,” said the recently formed U.N. political mission, which has a mandate to assist the country’s political transition and protect human rights.

The mission called on Sudan’s security forces “to immediately release those who have been unlawfully detained or placed under house arrest” and urged all parties to “exercise utmost restraint.” - AP

1:34 p.m.

Sudanese ex-rebel leader arrested

The deputy chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Yasir Arman, was arrested from his home, his Twitter account said on Monday.

Arman was an advisor to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after his insurgent group signed a peace deal in 2020 with transitional authorities and promised to integrate within the army. - Reuters

1:30 p.m.

Arab League 'concerned' over Sudan's transition

The Arab League on Monday expressed "concern" over developments in Sudan after the military detained civilian leaders and ministers in the transitional government.

"Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit expressed deep concern over the developments in Sudan," the pan-Arab bloc said in a statement.

He also urged all sides to adhere to an August 2019 power-sharing deal outlining the transition following the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir. - AFP

12:41 p.m.

Sudan's information ministry calls for immediate release of detainees

Sudan's information ministry calls for immediate release of detainees and rejects coup attempt. - Reuters

 12 p.m.

Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok under house arrest

Sudan's information ministry says Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok under house arrest in military coup. - AP

USA | 11.50 am.

U.S. 'deeply alarmed' by reports of Sudan military takeover

The United States said on Monday it was "deeply alarmed" at reports of a military takeover in Sudan.

"The US is deeply alarmed at reports of a military take-over of the transitional government," said U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman.

"This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration [which outlines the transition] and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people," he said, according to a statement on Twitter. - AFP

11 a.m.

Internet down in Sudan

The Information Ministry said that the internet had been cut off and military forces closed bridges. The country's state news channel played patriotic traditional music and scenes of the Nile river. The Umma Party, the country's largest political party, described the arrests as an attempted coup, and called on people to take to the streets in resistance. Earlier, the Sudanese Professionals' Association, a group leading demands for a transition to democracy, issued a similar call. - AP

10.30 a.m.

Khartoum airport shut; international flights suspended

The Khartoum airport was shut and international flights were suspended on October 25, the Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV channel reported, amid reports of a military coup. There was no announcement from the Sudanese government on the status of the airport. - Reuters

 

Sudan's Hamdok moved to unknown location after refusing to support coup

Sudan's Prime Minster Abdalla Hamdok was moved to an unknown location after refusing to issue a statement in support of an ongoing military coup, the information ministry said on Monday.

Joint military forces holding Hamdok under house arrest were pressuring him to issue a supportive statement, the information ministry said earlier on Monday. - Reuters

 

Military forces arrested several members of Sudan's civilian leadership

Military forces arrested several members of Sudan's civilian leadership early on October 25, Al Hadath TV reported, as a prominent pro-democracy group called on Sudanese to take to the streets to resist any military coup.

The arrests of the five government figures were confirmed by two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The officials said the detained government members include Industry Minister Ibrahim al-Sheikh, Information Minister Hamza Baloul, and Mohammed al-Fiky Suliman, member of the country's ruling transitional body, known as The Sovereign Council, and Faisal Mohammed Saleh, a media adviser to Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. - AP

 

Joint military forces storm radio and television headquarters

Sudan's Information Ministry said that Joint military forces stormed radio and television headquarters in Omdurman, Sudan, arrests employees. - Reuters

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