Sudan PM detained in military coup: Live updates

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok speaks during an interview in Khartoum, Sudan, on May 11.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok speaks during an interview in Khartoum, Sudan, on May 11. (Ashraf Shajli/AFP/Getty Images)

An aide and office director of Sudan’s now-arrested Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok told CNN the premier was aware of the military’s plans and was under pressure to dissolve the government.

The adviser, Adam al-Hirekah, said he visited Hamdok on Sunday evening where he discussed the current situation. Hamdok met with Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who announced the coup on state TV on Monday.

“I say that he was cautiously optimistic that there was an opening to the agreement, but I think the military side wanted him to dissolve the government and not until there was a process and an agreement between the political parties, ‘ he told CNN. Becky Anderson.

“This morning, when I heard what happened I went to PM’s residence, he is my boss and friend. I went to his residence, unfortunately he was not there. His wife and he were taken by the soldiers to an undisclosed location,” he said.

Burhan said in a statement that the power-sharing council and government had been dissolved and a state of emergency had been declared over the past two years following a balanced power-sharing agreement with the civilian component, which would “peace peace” in Sudan. and a threat to unity”. .

“What Gen Burhan mentioned in his address, what was actually most of the consensus between the two sides, but as the PM stood very strongly against dissolving the government without due process. I think this was the biggest point of contention,” said Hirika.

Hirika warned of civil war in Sudan if military rule returned.

“Well, I think the bigger picture, a return to military rule, would mean more civil war in Sudan and instability in the region as a result,” he said.