On Tuesday, in a news conference, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced that he was keeping Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok at his own house.
Al-Burhan’s statement comes a day after the Sudanese Army detained Prime Minister Hamdok and some civilian leaders. The military leader further stated that they arrested ministers and politicians, but not all of them, adding that Hamdok would “return home when the crisis will end.”
Monday’s arrests have triggered mass protests in the streets in the capital, Khartoum, demanding the release of the political leaders amid reports of clashes and gunfire. Consequently, soldiers were stationed in the streets and have restricted civilians’ movements, as those opposing the military takeover carried the national flag and burned tyres across the city.
Early on Monday, the Sudanese military arrested the country’s prime minister and members of the civilian government, according to a statement by officials in the capital Khartoum.
Initial information by anonymous sources confirmed that Hamdok was placed under house arrest, as forces surrounded the prime minister’s residence. Later, it was said that he was moved to an unknown location.
Since then, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced the dissolution of the transitional government and the Sovereignty Council and declared a nationwide state of emergency.