The commander of the Sudanese army, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah a-Burhan, has issued a decision to dissolve all trade unions and professional associations, according to media reports.
The office of the Sudanese army chief had announced that a press conference would be held on Tuesday afternoon, the day after the military coup d’état took over power in Sudan and expelled their civilian partners from power.
An official from al-Burhan’s office confirmed that the conference was held, without giving further details.
On Monday , al-Burhan suspended seven articles of the constitutional document approved in 2019, against the background of a military coup led by the army on Monday 25 October against the government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
Al-Burhan announced in an official statement the suspension of Articles 11, 12, 15, 16, 24-3, 71 and 72 of the Constitutional Document, but stated that the decision was made “in full compliance with international agreements and covenants signed during the transitional government.”
The measures coincide with street demonstrations in Khartoum, which have been going on since Monday, rejecting the army’s takeover.
On Tuesday, the UN Security Council is scheduled to hold a closed-door emergency meeting on the situation in Sudan, at the request of six Western countries — Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, the United States, Estonia and France.
Sudan was ruled by a joint civilian-military transitional government following the 2019 revolution that ousted President Omar al-Bashir from power. Continued disagreement between parties within the government however, led to a military takeover on October 25.