Sudanese Authorities Foil Attempted Coup, Arrest Plotters
Sudanese authorities have foiled an attempted coup, according to the army, putting an end to a challenge to the country’s civilian-military council, which has been in charge since Omar al-fall Bashir’s in 2019.
iexclusivenews Nigeria reports that the council member’s spokesman, Mohamed Al Faki Suleiman, indicated that suspect interrogation was about to commence.
A government official announced on state television that the coup attempt’s leaders had been apprehended, adding that “remnants” of the ousted Bashir’s administration were involved.
iexclusivenews Nigeria understand that following Bashir’s fall, Sudan’s ruling body, the Sovereign Council, has been in charge of the country under a shaky power-sharing agreement between the military and civilians.
In 2024, it intends to have free elections.
“The military has repelled the coup attempt, and the situation is entirely under control,” General Abdelfattah al-Burhan, the leader of the Sovereign Council, told state news agency SUNA.
According to a government source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the coup attempt involved an attempt to seize control of state radio in Omdurman, which is located across the Nile River from the capital Khartoum.
According to the source, steps were being taken to keep the number of people involved to a minimum. SUNA claimed that all of the suspects had been apprehended.
Early Tuesday morning, military soldiers loyal to the council used tanks to barricade a bridge connecting Khartoum and Omdurman, according to a witness.
It was not the transitional authorities’ first test, as they claim to have foiled or detected previous coup attempts linked to Bashir’s supporters. Bashir was deposed by the army after months of anti-government protests.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok of Sudan survived an assassination attempt on his convoy as he drove to work in Khartoum in 2020.
Since the ouster of Omar al-Bashir, who controlled Sudan for nearly 30 years and is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged atrocities committed in Darfur in the early 2000s, Sudan has gradually been accepted into the international fold.
Bashir is currently incarcerated in Khartoum, where he is facing multiple trials.
Last month, the ICC’s chief prosecutor met with Sudanese officials to discuss speeding up the process of handing over suspects wanted in the Darfur conflict.
Sudan’s economy has been in shambles since before Bashir’s ouster, and the interim administration has embarked on a reform program overseen by the International Monetary Fund.
The Paris Club of official creditors decided in July to eliminate $14 billion of Sudan’s debt and restructure the rest of the more than $23 billion it owed to the club’s members, demonstrating Western backing for the transitional government.