Military Coup Takes Over Country of Sudan

Tomas Curcio, Staff Writer

The military took over the northeast African country of Sudan on Oct. 25, 2021. This military coup came hours after the army arrested the former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife. 

The military shot at protesters who took to the streets, which, according to the Sudan Doctors’ Committee, led to three dead and 80 injured.

The leader of the coup, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, declared his intention to dissolve the parliamentary government. Burhan also announced a state of emergency that will remain until the military appoints a group of technocrats to run the government until July 2023 when elections will take place.

The United Nations Security Council will have a meeting regarding the issue on Oct. 26, at the request of multiple countries. The U.N. Secretary General, Antonio Guerres, has also asked the military to peacefully release the captured government officials.

This coup comes after both a failed coup attempt in September of this year and the 2019 Sudanese Revolution, when the reigning president, Omar-al-Bashir, was similarly overthrown by the country’s army. The United States had sent economic aid totaling $700 million since 2019 to assist in this government transition, but the Biden Administration has halted this due to the new coup.