Sudanese Security Forces on Wednesday detained Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi, the daughter of a Senior Opposition leader who was Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister, her family said.
Two security vehicles arrived at Mariam’s home and took her away, her sister Rabah Sadiq al-Mahdi told Reuters, a day after Sudan’s security chief ordered the release of 12 detained protesters.
Mariam, a medical doctor, is the deputy head of the opposition, the Umma Party, which her father, Sadiq al-Mahdi, heads.
The interior ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.
Rights groups say at least 45 people have been killed. The government puts the death count at 30.
Sadiq al-Mahdi returned to Sudan in December from nearly a year in self-imposed exile and called for a democratic transition before thousands of supporters.
He was overthrown in 1989 by an alliance of Islamists and military commanders that still form the nucleus of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s all-powerful National Congress Party.