The Sudanese Prime Minister’s office told Sky News Arabia on Monday that Sudan’s Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, was placed under house arrest.
Earlier, the Sudanese Ministry of Information said that “members of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of the civilian component were arrested,” adding that “some ministers of the transitional government were arrested by joint military forces.”
For its part, the Sudanese Ministry of Information said that joint military forces stormed the radio and television headquarters in Omdurman and detained some workers.
On the level of local reactions to developments in Sudan, the Sudanese Communist Party later called for “a declaration of political strike and civil disobedience.”
The Sudanese Professionals Association alluded to the existence of a military move to seize power in Sudan, and a statement by the gathering called on the Sudanese to take to the streets to resist what is considered a coup.
In an appeal issued by the Sudanese Professionals Association to the Sudanese people and its revolutionary forces, it stated: “We appeal to the masses of the Sudanese people, their revolutionary forces, and the resistance committees in the neighborhoods in all cities, villages, and al-Furqan, to go out to the streets and occupy them completely, and to prepare to resist any military coup, regardless of the forces behind it.”
The Political Bureau of the Sudanese Congress Party issued a statement that included an appeal to the Sudanese people, in which it stated, “We call upon all the forces of the revolution and the resistance committees in all neighborhoods, villages, countryside, localities, and cities of Sudan, to unite as one impregnable line”.
The steering committee of the Sudanese Pilots Union announced today, Monday, the general strike and civil disobedience.
For its part, the Arab League expressed today, Monday, its concern over the developments in Sudan, and called on the Sudanese parties to abide by the signed transitional arrangements.
In the first external reaction to the accelerating developments in Sudan, the US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa expressed grave concern about the reports of the military coup in Sudan.
US Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman said that the US is deeply concerned about reports of the army’s control of the transitional government in Sudan, according to Reuters.
Feltman warned through the official Twitter account of the Office of African Affairs of the US State Department that the control of the army contradicts the Sudanese constitutional declaration and threatens US aid to the country.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said, “We are following with concern the developments of the European Union.”
The UN also expressed “grave concern over developments in Sudan,” according to Reuters.
The representative of the UN Mission in Sudan “UNIMETS” called on the Sudanese security forces to immediately release those who were arrested “illegally or placed under house arrest.”
He also urged “all parties to exercise maximum restraint. All parties must immediately return to dialogue and participate in good faith to restore constitutional order.”
He also said, “I am very concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine the political transition in Sudan. The prolonged arrests of the Prime Minister, government officials, and politicians are unacceptable.”