Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sudan attempted coup, situation under control, military says

Sudanese authorities have foiled a coup attempt, the military said on Tuesday, challenging the civil-military council that has run the country since the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

A civilian member of the ruling council told Reuters the situation was under control after an overnight coup attempt. Spokesman Mohamed al-Faqi Suleiman, a member of the council, said the questioning of the suspects was about to begin.

The ruling body known as the Sovereign Council has run Sudan under a delicate power-sharing agreement between the military and civilians following Bashir’s coup.

It plans to hold free elections in 2024.

“The military has defeated the coup attempt and the situation is completely under control,” media adviser to the head of the sovereign council, General Abdelfattah al-Burhan, told state news agency SUNA.

A government source said on condition of anonymity, the coup attempt involved an attempt to take control of state radio in Omdurman across the Nile from the capital Khartoum.

The source said measures are being taken to contain a limited number of people. Suna told that those who were implicated have been arrested.

An eyewitness said military units loyal to the council used tanks to close the bridge connecting Khartoum with Omdurman early Tuesday morning.

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It was not the first challenge for transitional officials, who say they have foiled or traced past coup attempts involving factions loyal to Bashir, who were ousted by the military after months of protests against his regime. Was.

In 2020, Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok survived an assassination attempt while targeting his convoy to work in Khartoum.

Sudan has been gradually welcomed internationally since the overthrow of Bashir, who ruled Sudan for nearly 30 years and wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged atrocities committed in Darfur in the early 2000s .

Bashir is currently in prison in Khartoum, where he faces several trials.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor last month held talks with Sudanese officials to expedite steps to hand over the wanted people to Darfur.

Sudan’s economy is already in deep trouble before Bashir’s ouster, and the transitional government has launched a reform program overseen by the International Monetary Fund.

Underscoring Western support for transitional authorities, the Paris Club of Official Creditors agreed in July to cancel Sudan’s $14 billion in debt and restructure the rest of the more than $23 billion owed to club members .

But the economy still grapples with intense inflation and shortage of goods and services.

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