(Fox News) — Sudan’s government has detained the country’s prime minister and several top officials amid reports of a “genuine coup” that triggered serious concerns that the government has lost control.
If a coup had been staged in the country, it would have been the first of its kind since the country’s independence in 1956.
After declaring a coup was underway on Friday, the Sudanese government held a press conference on Sunday evening confirming the arrest of ousted Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, the Parliament Speaker and top ruling party officials.
The new regime set up by ousted Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Saleh, Parliament Speaker Sharif Mohamed Nur, and Justice Minister Muhammad Salah Af.
Some state officials and Sudanese media have suggested the coup was coordinated with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and was intended to bring the international community and the U.S. closer to the new regime.
They did not mention the country’s oil and gas interests, as the country runs very low on funds after facing years of economic sanctions.
Former U.S. ambassador Blaine Donaldson wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, “If you’re wondering whether the existing U.S. government will even be on the ground to monitor what’s going on, the answer is yes,”
According to the BBC, President Omar al-Bashir is still in office, and will likely remain so due to Sudan’s constitution.
Reportedly, al-Bashir called Bashir Omar al-Bashir, and is a long time ally of the UAE, which is not pushing for the new regime to return Sudan to the more secular form of government it had before gaining independence.
Sudanese civilians demonstrate with umbrellas against alleged coup in Sudan https://t.co/8lZjWLEMjm — The Hill (@thehill) February 27, 2019
A protest has started in Khartoum against the ouster of Saleh and the alleged coup plot and the Sudanese army has intervened to provide security.
Fox News’ Deborah Hong, Adam Shaw and Jack Lockley contributed to this report.