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Sudan coup as military detains PM, ministers******
Armed forces detained Sudan's prime minister over his refusal to support their "coup" yesterday, the information ministry said, after weeks of tensions between military and civilian figures who shared power since the ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Civilian members of Sudan's ruling council and ministers in Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's transitional government were also detained by the joint military forces, the ministry said in a statement on Facebook.
Internet services were cut across the country and the main roads and bridges connecting with the capital Khartoum shuttered, it added.
Dozens of demonstrators set car tires on fire as they gathered on the streets of the capital to protest against the detentions, a witness said.
"Civilian members of the transitional sovereign council and a number of ministers from the transitional government have been detained by joint military forces," the information ministry said.
"They have been led to an unidentified location."
It added later that "after refusing to support the coup, an army force detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and took him to an unidentified location."
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman said "the US is deeply alarmed at reports of a military takeover of the transitional government."
"This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration (which outlines the transition) and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people," Feltman said on Twitter.
"Any changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk US assistance."
State television began broadcasting patriotic songs.
The Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella group of trade unions which was key in leading the 2019 anti-Bashir protests, denounced what it called a "military coup" and urged demonstrators "to fiercely resist" it.
The developments come just two days after a Sudanese faction calling for a transfer of power to civilian rule warned of a "creeping coup," at a news conference that an unidentified mob attacked had sought to prevent.
Sudan has been undergoing a precarious transition marred by political divisions and power struggles since the April 2019 ouster of Bashir.
Since August 2019, the country has been led by a civilian-military administration tasked with overseeing the transition to full civilian rule. But the main civilian bloc – the Forces for Freedom and Change – which led the anti-Bashir protests in 2019, has splintered into two opposing factions.
"The crisis at hand is engineered – and is in the shape of a creeping coup," mainstream FFC leader Yasser Arman told Saturday's press conference in Khartoum.
"We renew our confidence in the government, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, and reforming transitional institutions – but without dictations or imposition," he added.
Sudan's doctors' union has declared "civil disobedience" and "their withdrawal" from all hospitals, including military ones.
Protesters took to the streets in several parts of Khartoum carrying the Sudanese flags.
"Civilian rule is the people's choice," and "No to military rule," some of them chanted.
Rafinha leaves Gremio after relegation******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Former Bayern Munich defender Rafinha has parted ways with Gremio following the club's relegation to Brazilian football's second tier, the Porto Alegre side said on Wednesday.。
The 36-year-old Brazil international right-back made 43 appearances across all competitions for Gremio after joining the club as a free agent in March.。
Gremio also announced the departures of 34-year-old left back Bruno Cortes and 36-year-old striker Diego Souza.。
"The club would like to thank the players for their dedication and wishes them all the best for the rest of their careers," read a statement on Gremio's official website.。
Gremio were relegated for only the third time in their history following the completion of the Serie A season last weekend. The two-time top-flight champions ended the campaign 17th in the 20-team standings with just 43 points from 38 games. Enditem。