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Sudan coup: U.S. threatens to cut aid to Khartoum after military takeover

In Summary

  • The coup attempt happened early Monday morning and its outcome is still uncertain.
  • Last week, several cabinet ministers took part in big protests against the prospect of military rule.

The United States on Monday warned that it could cut off aid to Sudan’s transitional project after the military too over the government and captured several members of Sudan’s civilian leadership.

US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, said in a statement that the military takeover is unacceptable.

“The U.S. is deeply alarmed at reports of a military take-over of the transitional government. This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people. Any changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk U.S. assistance,” Feltman said.

Family sources say that military forces on Monday morning stormed the house of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and arrested him.

Unidentified sources say PM Hamdok had been placed under house arrest, and that unidentified military forces arrested four cabinet ministers, one civilian member of the ruling Sovereign Council, and several state governors and heads of political parties.

This comes just two days after Feltman arrived in Khartoum on Saturday to help lower tensions between government factions in Sudan. Feltman had warned General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, and warned him against staging a coup.

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.

Sudan’s Political Transition

Bashir was toppled and jailed after months of street protests. A political transition agreed after his ouster was meant to lead to elections by the end of 2023.

As tensions built this month, a coalition of rebel groups and political parties aligned themselves with the military. Supporters of the military have been staging a sit-in outside the presidential palace calling on the military to dissolve the civilian government.

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An air of uncertainty has gripped the capital Khartoum. The country has been unstable since the ouster of  Omar Al Bashir in 2019.  PHOTO/COURTESY

Last week, several cabinet ministers took part in big protests in several parts of the Khartoum and other cities against the prospect of military rule.


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