The police in Sudan have managed to halt an attempt by the fringe Freedom and Change Coalition group to storm into the Council of Ministers’ headquarters.
According to eyewitnesses, police forces in Khartoum fired tear gas at a group of protestors who were trying to make their way into the Council of Ministers’ headquarters in Khartoum.
The attempt to storm the building coincided with the urgent meeting that the council had announced today.
The group of protestors was heard making chants that pleaded with the chairman of the sovereignty council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to announce the army’s takeover of the government in Sudan.
The councils’ headquarters is situated hundreds of miles away from the current sit-in in front of the republican palace which, as of today, has entered its third day.
News sources have reported that the US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa’s deputy was to be expected to visit Khartoum to discuss the charged current political climate in the country.
Salah Manaa, a member of the Empowerment Removal Committee, through social media, hinted at the possibility of the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company (SMRC) being behind financing the dissident faction of the Freedom and Change Coalition’s sit-in in front of the Republican Palace in Khartoum.
The company, chaired by Mubarak Ardol, was also accused earlier of using public funds to help fund Minni Arko Minawi’s – the newly appointed governor of Darfur – inauguration ceremony.
Ardol has shown solidarity with the current protests that are currently taking place in Khartoum calling for a military takeover and the dissolution of the Empowerment Removal Committee, who had been investigating Ardol and the SMRC for alleged financial fraud.
The chairman of the SMRC responded to Manaa through social media and asked if Manaa believed that “we run the Sudanese Mineral Resources Company like he runs his [Empowerment Removal] committee?”
Ardol stated that the company belonged to the citizens of Sudan and if he were to go, it would still “stand tall and strong.”