Original title: The Sudanese military detains the Prime Minister of the Transitional Government and announces that another government will be established. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan: This matter is extremely dangerous and unacceptable
[环球时报驻埃及特派记者 黄培昭]A military coup took place in the early morning of the 25th in Sudan. Prime Minister Hamduk of the Transitional Government was placed under house arrest. Most government ministers and several officials in charge of news were arrested. The chairman of the Sudan Sovereignty Council and military leader Burhan declared a state of emergency, disbanded the Sovereignty Council and the transitional government, and said that a new government would be formed. Qatar Al Jazeera believes that the deterioration of the situation in Sudan has something to do with the United States.
According to media reports such as the Arabiya TV station, sources close to Hamduk said that the Sudanese prime minister and his wife were sent to an “unknown location” by the army. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan stated that the matter is extremely dangerous and unacceptable. The Sudanese Minister of Industry, the Prime Minister’s Press Advisor Saleh, and the family members of the mayor of Khartoum, the capital, confirmed that the three were taken away by the so-called “joint forces”. “Joint Force” personnel also broke into the Sudanese National Television Station in Omdurman and detained several staff members. Many programs, including official broadcasts, have been suspended. The Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information announced that the military has also detained several civilian officials from the Sovereign Council. The Sovereignty Council is the transitional state authority in Sudan. It is composed of 11 military and non-military members.
After the coup, the Sudanese military cut off the national network and blocked the main roads in Khartoum. Burhan spoke on Sudan’s national television station on Monday, stating that partisan disputes in the transitional period “threate Sudan’s security” and forced the military to take action. He announced that the work on constitutional amendments will be suspended and the Sudanese Sovereignty Council will be disbanded until the 2023 general election. Burhan also emphasized that the Sudanese Armed Forces will continue to advance the transition process and transfer state power to the non-military government.
The Office of the Sudanese Transitional Prime Minister called on the people to hold peaceful demonstrations to defend the achievements of the revolution and protest against the coup. In Khartoum on Monday, demonstrators set fire to car tires. Smoke billowed and fires blazed into the sky in many places (pictured). Agence France-Presse said that on the afternoon of the 25th, in front of the Sudanese Armed Forces Command, soldiers and protesters broke out and used live ammunition to shoot at the protesters. As of the press time of this newspaper, the protest caused two deaths and more than 80 people were injured. In addition, the Sudanese Medical Association and Banking Association announced a strike to protest the coup.
The Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information stated on Facebook that members of the so-called “joint forces” in the prime minister’s residence asked him to make a statement supporting the “coup d’etat”. After being rejected, these military personnel detained the prime minister. During the administration of former President Bashir, the political situation in Sudan has been very stable. After Bashir was overthrown in 2019, Sudan entered a period of continuous political turmoil. On September 21 this year, the unsuccessful coup took place in Sudan. After that, the military forces within the transitional government attacked the political forces, and the tension between the two sides continued to escalate. The military requested the reorganization of the transitional government, while non-military officials accused the military of intending to seize power.
Al Jazeera said that Sudan’s coup is related to the United States. Shortly before the coup, the United States announced that it would provide a solution to the political crisis in Sudan. In the past two days, Feltman, the US special envoy to the Horn of Africa, has held many meetings with some leaders of the Sudanese transitional government. The U.S. Embassy in Sudan stated on the 24th that Feltman had assured Soviet officials that U.S. support for them depends on their compliance with Sudan’s “Constitutional Declaration” and “Juba Peace Agreement.” Burhan said that he will study these issues with Hamduk. As soon as the voice fell, a coup took place. After the coup, Feltman quickly left Khartoum.
The coup in Sudan shocked the world. According to Agence France-Presse, the United Nations said the coup was unacceptable, and the African Union and the European Union urged the Sudanese military to release the country’s government leaders. The League of Arab States urges all parties in Sudan to abide by the power-sharing agreement reached in 2019. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the events in Sudan indicate that the country has a serious systemic crisis, and the coup is the result of the country’s policy failures in the past two years. The Sudanese people should solve their own domestic problems and determine the direction of the country’s development. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on the 25th that China calls on all parties in Sudan to resolve their differences through dialogue and maintain national peace and stability. The Chinese Embassy in Sudan is currently operating normally. China will continue to pay close attention to the development of the situation in Sudan and take necessary measures to ensure the safety of Chinese institutions and personnel in the Sudan.