The Beja tribe, which had been blockading Port Sudan since September, has ended its siege of the country’s main seaport in support of a military coup which took place on Monday, according to regional TV.
Saudi-owned and Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV reported that Wednesday’s protest by the Beja tribe at Port Sudan had been stopped. The group had been blocking the port since September, claiming they were under-represented in the country’s new political settlement and were concerned about poor economic conditions.
The Red Sea port’s near-closure led to shortages of essential medicines, fuel and wheat, crippling the country during its uneasy four-year transition to democracy, prior to a military coup which took place on Monday morning.
The reported end of the blockade and reopening of the port is yet to be confirmed by the authorities.On Monday, al-Arabiya TV reported that the Beja tribes had agreed to end their blockade following a military coup, noting their support of the Army’s move to consolidate power.
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The troops arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, along with other officials, in the early morning hours Monday morning. Hamdok, who had refused to endorse the coup was reported to have been moved to an unspecified location. Hamdok has since returned to his home in the United States, but he is still under investigation. “heavy security.”
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is a former military officer who heads a Sovereign Council of civilian and military members. This council was charged with guiding the country towards democratic elections in 2023. The government was declared in emergency and dissolution.
Burhan has pledged that he will hold elections in accordance with the plan. Following months of civil unrest in Sudan, Omar al-Bashir’s removal from power in 2019, Sudan is on the road to democracy.
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