In the latest in a wave of arrests since last year’s military coup, Sudanese authorities have arrested a former civilian member of the ruling Sovereign Council, according to members of his party.
On Sunday, in a statement by the Unionist Alliance party, Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman was stopped by security forces while driving home in the capital Khartoum.
Al-Faki has been arrested twice since an October 25 military takeover led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, which could derail a fragile political transition to full civilian rule.
Before being released, al-Faki was removed from his position and initially kept in custody after the October coup.
On condition of anonymity, two party members told an international news outlet that al-Faki was taken to an “unknown location” this time.
The public prosecutor’s office could not be reached for comment on the latest arrest.
A spokesperson for Sudan’s main civilian bloc, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), expressed that authorities also arrested former Minister Khaled Omar Youssef and Wagdi Saleh on Wednesday.
All three men were part of Sudan’s ruling council, which led the country under a 2019 power-sharing deal between civilians and the military following the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.