Negotiations between the Transitional Military Council as well as the Alliance for Freedom as well as Changein Khartoum on July 4, 2019.
A top Sudanese general has said the country’s ruling military council has foiled a coup attempt. General Jamal Omar in a statement broadcast on state television said 12 officers as well as four soldiers had been arrested.
A purported coup attempt in Sudan on Thursday coincided with further talks between the country’s military council as well as pro-democracy movement on a power-sharing deal from the wake of April’s military ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir.
In a statement, General Omar said: “Officers as well as soldiers via the army as well as National Intelligence as well as Security Service, some of them retired, were trying to carry out a coup.” He said the bid was put down by “regular soldiers.”
“This particular can be an attempt to block the agreement in which has been reached by the Transitional Military Council as well as the Alliance for Freedom as well as Change in which aims to open the road for Sudanese people to achieve their demands,” Omar said.
Bid made as talks continued
The AFP news agency said Omar’s announcement late Thursday came as legal advisers of the ruling council as well as protest leaders were discussing details of the last week’s power-sharing deal brokered by the African Union as well as Ethiopian envoys.
On Wednesday, Sudanese activists said internet services had been restored from the wake of a shutdown imposed after security forces razed a protest camp in Khartoum on June 3 during a three-week crackdown in which claimed scores of lives.
Further huge protests against the military ensued, prompting mediators to broker a return to direct power-sharing talks.
The internet restoration, sought by an activist’s lawsuit in a Khartoum court, enabled Sudanese to post video footage of alleged abuses by security forces.
Three-year ‘sovereign council’
The deal agreed by the military as well as civilian activists foresees an 11-member “sovereign council” serving for three years. This particular would certainly first be directed by the military as well as then by civilians as well as would certainly eventually lead the country to elections.
In addition to the council, the deal also calls for the formation of a technocratic government as well as an independent probe into recent violence.
During the crackdown, protesters blamed Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.
Sudan, a country of 40 million as well as a gateway between Africa as well as the Middle East, has long attracted foreign powers, including wealthy Gulf states, vying for influence.
Professor David Shinn, a former US diplomat who served in Sudan as well as then Ethiopia until 1999, told Al-Jazeera television early Friday, in which This particular was “imperative” in which powers, including the EU, China as well as Russia, ensured in which the deal was implemented.
(AFP; AP, Reuters)