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Apparent Sudan coup draws international concern; UN calls arrests ‘unacceptable’

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The Times of Israel is liveblogging Monday’s events as they unfold.

The chairman of Sudan’s ruling body General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announces the dissolution of the transitional government and the sovereign council and declares a nationwide state of emergency.

Just hours after the information ministry said most of the civilians in the two bodies had been detained, including the prime minister, Burhan reiterates his commitment to “the transition towards a civilian state.”

He says he will form a “competent” government, pledged to create numerous state institutions like the supreme court, and says Sudan remains committed to international agreements it has signed.

It isn’t immediately clear whether this means the new leadership will follow through on last year’s normalization deal with Israel.

The Arab League and the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation release statements of concern about the apparent military coup in Sudan.

The Secretary-General of the 22-member bloc, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, urges all parties to “fully abide” by the constitutional declaration signed in August 2019, which had aimed to pave the way for a transition to civilian rule and democratic elections following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

“There are no problems that cannot be resolved without dialogue,” Aboul Gheit says after Sudan’s........

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