Ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Day After Military Coup Back Home

Ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok is back home one day after the military coup in his country. However, his home is guarded by military personnel and it is unclear whether he may leave the residence in the north of capital Khartoum voluntarily. Sources around Hamdoks family tell Reuters news agency that they cannot reach him by phone.

Hamdok was arrested right after the coup on Monday, along with his wife. That was necessary, according to the head of the Sudanese Military Council, General Burhan, to ensure the security of the Prime Minister.

Other high-ranking still fixed

Other high-ranking members of the Hamdok government are still stuck. Some of them will have to appear in court, Burhan said today in his second speech since the coup, as they are suspected of organizing a rebellion. Others are released, he assured.

At least seven deaths have been killed in protests against the coup so far. According to the Ministry of Health, they were killed by gunshots. There were at least 140 wounded as well.

Coup was necessary

Burhan said in his TV speech that the coup was necessary to prevent a political crisis. “People talked about discriminating against others. That drove this country into civil war,” he said. He said a civil war would tear the country apart.

The coup has been strongly condemned abroad. The ambassadors of the EU, China and Canada, among others, have signed a statement pleading their support to the opponents of the coup. US President Biden reflects on economic sanctions.

For now, Burhan seems to be insensitive to international pressure. His military council will lead the country until 2023, he said Monday. There will be elections next.

Images from Khartoum after the coup:

In Sudan, it has been troubled since widespread demonstrations ended dictator Omar al-Bashirs reign in 2019. Since then, the military and civilian administrators have been arguing about the balance of power in the country.

Last year, members of the former Secret Service tried to take over power. At the end of September, the army reported that military had prevented a coup by a group of military personnel supporting Bashir.

It was planned that a complete civil ian government would come from November, with the prospect of free elections. That would have lost the militarys power.