Regional TV reports that the Beja tribe which has been blocking Port Sudan’s entry since September said that it will support the military and withdraw while academics and doctors have pledged to strike to stop the coup.
On Monday afternoon, the Al-Hadath TV channel reported that Sudan’s Beja tribe had announced that it would end its blockade of Port Sudan, which has seen the country’s fuel, medicines and wheat supplies pushed to the limit.
The Saudi-based TV channel claims the tribe support a military overthrow. These reports have not been confirmed by authorities.
The tribe had been blocking roads around Port Sudan and forced Red Sea ports to close, after criticizing a lack of power within Sudan’s new political settlement and poor economic conditions.
The report came as the Sudanese Ministry of Information, which continued posting throughout the day after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was arrested in a pre-dawn raid, said the country’s medical staff were going on strike.
“Sudan’s doctors declare general political strike in all Sudan hospitals except for emergencies and withdrawal from all military hospitals. Refusing the military coup,”Read the post.
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Ministry also stated that Khartoum University professors had initiated a civil disobedience demonstration and called for others in professional and public service institutions to follow suit and resist the coup.
Later, a post said that workers from federal and state ministries had all joined the strike. They demanded that the power be returned to civilian governments.
Hamdok and other civil ministers were detained in the wee hours of Monday morning. They had refused to support a military coup.
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan declared a state emergency in a statement that followed. He is the head of a sovereign military council and civil members and oversees the transition to democracy.
Burhan, himself an army officer, said that the military would oversee the remainder of Sudan’s transition to democracy and vowed to ensure that elections would take place in July 2023. A council made up of civilian and military members was given the challenging task of guiding.
Sudanese elections to be held in 2023 after the ouster of Omar al-Bashir (long-serving leader) in 2019.
Tens of thousands took to the streets protesting the coup, blocking roads and fighting troops who, according to reports, fired live rounds.
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