Sudan military coup: Seven dead, 140 wounded

Source : 112 Ukraine

Leader of the putschists General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan abolished the military-civil sovereign council and declared a state of emergency in the country
11:47, 26 October 2021

After the military coup in Sudan, the number of people who died resisting the new government has increased, the representative of the Ministry of Health reports, according to Reuters.

In particular, seven people were killed in the shooting, and 140 were injured in clashes between soldiers and street protesters.

"The leader of the takeover, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the military-civilian Sovereign Council that had been established to guide the country to democracy following the overthrow of long-ruling autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising two years ago," the message reads. Burhan declared a state of emergency, instructing the armed forces to ensure security. He promised to hold elections in July 2023 and then hand over power to an elected civilian government.

"The Sudan information ministry, which is still loyal to ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, said on its Facebook page that the transitional constitution gives only the prime minister the right to declare a state of emergency and that the military's actions are a crime." The agency insists that Hamduk is still a legitimate transitional authority. According to the ministry, the head of government was detained and taken to an unknown location after refusing to make a statement in support of the coup.

Young people who opposed the coup barricaded the streets and fought troops. Both the Ministry of Information and the main opposition Coalition for Freedom and Change, which insisted on removing Bashir, called on citizens to resist to overthrow the military.

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The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway have expressed concern over the situation in Sudan and the imposition of a state of emergency. They called on the Sudanese military to release civilians, TASS reports.

As it was reported, the military arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and four other ministers from his government in Sudan in the morning on Monday, October 25.

In the evening in clashes between protesters and police in the Sudanese capital Khartoum killed three people and injured more than 80.

In September a group of troops in Sudan tried to take control of government facilities and carry out a coup.

The political situation in Sudan worsened in April 2019, when a military coup took place in the country. As a result of the April 11 coup, President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for 30 years, from 1989 to 2019, was overthrown.

He lost his post as a result of months of mass popular protests. The United Nations estimates that 300,000 people fell victim to the conflict between insurgents and government forces in Darfur from 2003 to 2006. Another 2.5 million were forced to flee the country.

After the overthrow of Al-Bashir, Sudan was ruled by a transitional military-civilian administration: the ruling Military Council and the civilian opposition signed an agreement on the separation of powers.

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