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Sudan opposition leaders arrested for meeting Ethiopia PM

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Isaac Kaledzi
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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Sudanese opposition leaders have been arrested after meeting Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed.

Ahmed visited Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Friday to help resolve the ongoing political crisis.

The Ethiopian leader was seen meeting leaders of the military council. But opposition leaders who met him have been arrested.

Aides of two prominent rebels and an opposition leader have told the media that their bosses have been arrested by security forces.

The protest movement delegates Ahmed met with were opposition politician Mohamed Esmat and a leader of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), Ismail Jalab.

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AFP reported that Sudanese security forces arrested both men without giving any reason, according to their aides.

Ahmed Abiy of Ethiopia (L) meeting one of Sudan’s military leaders in Khartoum. Photo: Twitter / @PMEthiopia

According to media reporting Esmat was arrested on Friday soon after his meeting with Ahmed. But Jalab was arrested from his residence on Saturday.

“A group of armed men came in vehicles at 3:00 am (1:00 GMT) and took away Ismail Jalab .. without giving any reason,” Jalab aide Rashid Anwar is quoted by the AFP.

He adds that SPLM-N spokesperson Mubarak Ardol has also been detained. “We don’t know where they are being held,” Anwar added.

Sudan suspended by AU

Sudan has been suspended from the AU during an emergency meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa.

The continental body earlier warned Sudan of sanctions if it did not return to a civilian rule.

A sixty day ultimatum was given after former leader Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a military coup in April.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (2nd-R) meeting a delegation of the Alliance of Freedom and Change in the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum. Photo: AFP

Protesters have been demanding a return to a civilian rule after the military seized power and announced a three-year transition period.

But after continued protests, soldiers moved in on protesters this week shooting into them. Hundreds were killed with scores sustaining injuries.

Abiy Ahmed was expected to help mediate in the crisis and get the Transitional Military Council and the protesters to resume talks.


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