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Sudan coup

Sudan is facing an all-out military coup. That’s according to the country’s Information Ministry, which says armed forces have arrested the premier along with many other ministers and civilian officials. The ministry says Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been moved to an unknown location after refusing to support the coup. It also says Hamdok has called on the Sudanese to take to the streets to peacefully defend the revolution, which ousted longtime president Omar al-Bashir in 2019. According to the ministry, anti-coup protesters have faced gunfire near the military's headquarters in the capital Khartoum. Troops have stormed the headquarters of the state broadcaster and taken away some employees. Tensions have been escalating recently between the civilian and military leaders of Sudan’s interim government, especially after a failed coup attempt in September.

Reactions to Sudan coup

Reactions are pouring in following the apparent military coup in Sudan. Officials from various countries and organizations have expressed deep concern about the developments in the Northeast African country. The Arab League has urged all Sudanese sides to adhere to the country’s 2019 power-sharing deal. The European Union wants all stakeholders to put the transition process back on track. The United Nations special representative has called for the immediate release of the detained officials, including the prime minister. The US special envoy for Africa has slammed the coup attempt as unacceptable. Jeffrey Feltman says any forceful changes to Sudan’s transitional government could put US assistance to the country at risk.

Plea for US help 

The former number-two Saudi spymaster has made an unprecedented public plea on the US to help secure the release of his children, who are jailed in the kingdom. Saad al-Jabri has escaped to Canada, but his children have been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman assumed power in 2017. Jabri says the crown prince is making his family pay. Jabri also says bin Salman is a killer and a threat to the Saudi people and the world. The former spymaster claims the crown prince wants to see him dead and made an attempt on his life in 2018. That’s the year when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in Turkey. The US intelligence has confirmed that bin Salman approved the operation to take out Khashoggi.

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