Sudanese authorities have arrested Islamist opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi following an interview in which he said a Tunisia-style uprising was “likely” in northern Sudan.
Security forces also moved against other senior members of al-Turabi’s Popular Congress Party.
Turabi called for a “popular revolution” against planned austerity measures:
His wife, Wisal al-Mahdi, was not surprised by the move.
“The Popular Congress Party is one of the opposition parties standing firm against the government. We were expecting something like this,” she said.
The wave of arrests comes at a politically sensitive time for President Omar Hassan al Bashir, who stands to loose control over the oil producing south, which last week voted in an independence referendum.
The Sudanese Media Centre, with close links to Sudan’s intelligence service, claims fresh evidence has emerged that Turabi “guided and financed” the JEM, a Dafur rebel group fighting government troops.
The JEM described the claim as “total fabrication.”