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Coup: Armed forces detain Sudan PM, others

Soldiers have arrested most of the members of Sudan’s cabinet and a large number of pro-government party leaders on Monday in an apparent military coup.

Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok was detained and moved to an undisclosed location after refusing to issue a statement in support of the coup.

According to Sudan Information Ministry, Joint military forces holding Hamdok under house arrest were pressuring him to issue a supportive statement.

Reuters says 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. 

The information ministry said military forces had also arrested civilian members of the Sovereign Council and members of the government.

The military was meant to pass leadership of the joint Sovereign Council to a civilian figure in the coming months.