Members of the Sudan’s Transitional government as well as other civilian leaders were detained following reports of a coup d’état.
Premier Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among those believed to have been placed on house-arrest by unknown soldiers.
The army hasn’t commented on the issue, however pro-democracy organizations have called for to stage street protests.
Leaders of the civilian and military have been at war since the long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was overthrown two years ago, and the interim government was set up.
It’s not known who was the person behind the early-dawn arrests.
A statement by the ministry of information on Facebook claimed that the arrests were executed in the name of “joint military forces” and the detainees were detained at “an unidentified location”.
It was reported that Mr. Hamdok had been urged to join a coup but he refused to do this and urged the citizens to continue peaceful protests in order to “defend the revolution”.
The United States was “deeply alarmed” by reports of a coup the special envoy of the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman said.
Witnesses have reported that the internet has gone shut down in Khartoum, the capital. Khartoum as images have surfaced on social media that show angered people burning tyres in the streets.
The paramilitary as well as the army have been stationed across the city, which has slowed the movement of civilians witnesses are reported according to Reuters the news organization.
Khartoum airport has been shut International flights have been temporarily suspended.
Sudan’s most prominent pro-democracy party has asked its followers to stand up against every military coup.
The civilian and military transitional authorities have been in sync since the president Bashir was overthrown following months of protests on the streets in the year 2019.
A power-sharing agreement among the military as well as a loose group of organizations – the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) was approved, thus establishing the Sovereign Council.
The plan was to govern the country for a further year with the goal of holding elections and transitioning into civilian rule.
The deal has been contentious, with wide range of rival political parties – and even differences within the military, too.
Tensions escalated following the attempted coup that was that was blamed on the followers of Mr. Bashir was stopped during September.
This month, the opponents of Sudan’s democratic transition took on the streets in the capital city, Khartoum in order to demand the army to assume control of the country.
Democracy groups say they were part of an organized effort for the army to gain the power.
On Thursday, tens of thousands of people gathered at Khartoum to show their support for the government in transition.
The support for the interim government has been declining in recent months as economy of the country has suffered.
Sudan has been unable create a stable political system since its independence in 1956. The country has experienced many coups and attempted coups.