In a coup on Monday morning, the armed forces detained the prime minister and other top civilian officials. A transitional government had been preparing the country for full civilian leadership for the first time in three decades.

Sudan’s military detained the prime minister and other civilian leaders on Monday and declared a state of emergency in a coup that endangered the country’s fragile transition from authoritarian rule to democracy.

Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, speaking at a news conference on Monday afternoon, said the military had taken control of the government and dissolved a governing council that included civilian members. He said that the military would rule until elections are held in 2023.

General al-Burhan’s remarks capped a dramatic morning of rapidly evolving events, starting with the sudden disappearance of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The information ministry released a statement saying the military had kidnapped Mr. Hamdok and his wife and confirming that a coup attempt was underway.


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