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Sudan army ousted govt. to avoid civil war: Top general

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:18 PM, 26 October 2021   Updated: 09:38 PM, 26 October 2021

Protesters gather during what the information ministry calls a military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, October 25, 2021; Photo: Reuters, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Protesters gather during what the information ministry calls a military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, October 25, 2021; Photo: Reuters, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudan’s top general defended the army’s seizure of power in Sudan and said that the army ousted the government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to avoid “civil war”.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan made the remarks at his first press conference on Tuesday, announcing Monday’s takeover.

Burhan said Hamdok had not been “harmed” and had been brought to his own home. “We were afraid that the Prime Minister would be in danger, for this, he has been placed at my home,” General Burhan said.

“The dangers we witnessed last week could have led the country into civil war,” Burhan also said, adding that the Cabinet members had attended demonstrations last week to protest against the prospect of a military takeover.

Sudanese soldiers arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other members of his cabinet on Monday, and hours later Burhan appeared on TV to announce the dissolution of the Sovereign Council, a body set up to share power between the military and civilians.

The military takeover brought a halt to Sudan’s transition to democracy two years after a popular uprising toppled long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Protests rock Sudan after the coup

An official at the health ministry said seven people had been killed in clashes between protesters and the security forces on Monday, reports Reuters.

Images on social media showed fresh street protests on Tuesday in the cities of Atbara, Dongola, Elobeid and Port Sudan. People chanted “Don’t give your back to the army, the army won’t protect you”.

Reuters reported that Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman across the Nile were “partly locked down”, with shops shut and plumes of smoke rising from where protesters were burning tires. Streets and bridges were blocked by soldiers.0 

Burhan said the military’s action did not amount to a coup, as the army had been trying to rectify the path of the political transition. “We only wanted to correct the course to a transition. We had promised the people of Sudan and the entire world. We will protect this transition,” he added.  

He said a new government would be formed which would not contain any “typical politicians”.

Western countries have denounced the coup, called for the detained cabinet ministers to be freed and said they will cut off aid if the military does not restore power-sharing with civilians.

Sudan, for decades a pariah under Bashir, has depended on Western aid to pull through an economic crisis in the two years since Bashir was toppled.

Source: Reuters

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