Sudan’s prime minister’s office raided in HQ takeover

Image copyright Al Jazeera Image caption A Sudanese government committee warned businesses to move out of the capital and close At least one top official from Sudan’s prime minister’s office is believed to have…

Sudan's prime minister's office raided in HQ takeover

Image copyright Al Jazeera Image caption A Sudanese government committee warned businesses to move out of the capital and close

At least one top official from Sudan’s prime minister’s office is believed to have been arrested after the authorities took over the house of the premier, say reports.

The Communist Popular Committee (CCC) was said to have warned businesses to close and avoid political protest and to prevent civil disobedience.

The CCC said that “the party government was not elected and has only robbed, imposed and given orders.”

It is unclear whether other senior officials from the previous cabinet have been arrested.

The CCC’s activities were limited to attacking a presidential palace in 2005 and a government bank in 2006, but this year its activities escalated, blocking government-owned media outlets and economic institutions.

The prime minister, Mohamad Dibril Ali Salih, has been imprisoned since October 2016 when he was referred to trial on several charges including insulting the president, saying he had been appointed “illegally” and being associated with people who wanted to impeach the head of state.

The CCC was formed after the prime minister’s jailing and accuses the president of plundering the country’s resources.

“The people of Sudan faced a cruel and savage attack by the ruling party with people fighting in a pool of blood and martyrs in the street of Omdurman,” the CCC website reads.

They fear the Islamist and conservative Islamist parties will form a “coup government to pull us to rule by their instruments”.

They said they would not allow a government to be formed “and they will not allow the head of state to be called president,” instead they will refer him to the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which has already ordered Sudan to let elections go ahead.

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