Sudan protest leaders arrested after meeting Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed


Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (2nd-R) meeting a delegation of the Alliance of Freedom and Change in the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 7, 2019. (AFP Photo)

Sudanese security forces have arrested two prominent rebels and an opposition leader, a day after they met the Ethiopian premier during his reconciliation mission to Khartoum, their aides said Saturday.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has emerged as a key regional leader, met representatives of both sides on Friday in a bid to revive talks between Sudan’s ruling generals and protest leaders after a deadly crackdown left dozens of people dead in the capital this week.

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

Sudanese security forces later arrested both men without giving any reason, their aides told AFP on Saturday. Esmat was arrested on Friday soon after his meeting with Abiy. Jalab was arrested from his residence early 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 told AFP, adding that SPLM-N spokesman Mubarak Ardol was also detained.



  1. The military there will not go anywhere. It has been tripping on the addictive illicit drug of political power since its inception in the late 1950’s. Aboud, Nimeiry, Dahab, Bashir you name it. Except for short lived civilian governments here and there, the Sudanese army has been the one ruling that country since 1958. The civilian political groups in the opposition have been ravaged with the same stupidity and problem just as our own, fragmentation beyond repair. Even commies had a shot there with their own splintered groups where one swearing by Mao and others by Stalin and other demons. Nimeiry had very little difficulty taking most of them to lunch. Our old country also has the same fair share of being ruled by military officers. To me the old country has been ruled by the military since 1974. That is right. Since 1974!!! The only few differences between Mengistu’s hordes and that of the late PM is one group had graduated from the military cadet schools of the late Emperor and those who replaced them were graduates of some training joints in the northern highlands and deserts of Eritrea. The other distinction is those who came to town in 1991 seemed to be well read and polished smart alecks. Both groups were so ‘blessed’ with civilian political groups in disarray and did not have so much trouble in picking them apart.
    I am not making this up. Just look at them. Even now, after more than 45 years of military rule, the civilian groups are so fragmented along lines of petty issues that none of them would qualify or are capable of ruling the country of more than 100 million people. Sometimes I don’t really know what to make with some of them. It is just comical and at the same time annoying. For example, one of the founders of an ethnic liberation group was telling us all how he regretted that move. But what he did was to found another regurgitated ethnic group called TPDM. Another one was telling us all that he left OLF because he suddenly had an awakening that what he did was wrong. Then he found Oromo Democratic Front the day after. How many political parties are there in the old country? I heard 88 but one of my merchant relatives quipped to me 100 million. That is how these miniature civilian groups lost respect by the civilians. They are taken to be so infantile and inept to be given the mantle of the highest office. In the meantime the officers are partying not too far from it all. Barbarians at the gate so to say!!! They are not going anywhere. Remember, even though the current PM has done so much positive for the old country, we should not be remiss of the fact that he is the ‘former’ military lieutenant colonel. But he should be respected and adored for what has been done since he took the mantle of the highest office. But don’t forget that he has a military ‘upbringing’. Spells of flashbacks, you know! Just food for thought!!!


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