Sudanese challenge military takeover

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Oct 2021

Sudan's top general declared a state of emergency, dissolved the body meant to be leading the country's transition to democracy and announced the formation of a new administration after soldiers detained civilian leaders yesterday in what activists denounced as a coup.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said "we have decided to dissolve the transitional sovereign council and dissolve the cabinet" that had led since the April 2019 ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir.

His statement came as clashes erupted in the capital, Khartoum, with soldiers firing live rounds at people who took to the streets to protest against the power grab, injuring a dozen.

The violence was centered outside the army headquarters in the capital hours after soldiers detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, members of his government and civilian members of Sudan's ruling council.

They were taken away after "refusing to support the coup," the information ministry said.

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