Sudan military rulers foil a coup attempt
Sudan’s ruling military council has announced that it foiled an attempted military coup and that at least 16 retired and serving officers from National Intelligence and Security Service have been arrested.
The attempted coup took place while the Military council and protest leaders were in a meeting deliberating over a power sharing deal. The army generals who are currently in charge of administration of the country described the attempt as a move to block the agreement so far reached with the leaders of protests to achieve their demands.
The coup attempt was foiled by the country’s regular forces, said General Jamal Omar, the army’s spokesperson, adding that security forces were still hunting for other soldiers who had participated in plotting to overthrow the generals’ military government.
Last week, an agreement between the Transitional Military Council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change was reached on forming a joint sovereign council that would rule for three years as the country organises general elections.
Sudan has been in a political crisis following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April after months of mass protests against the military ruler that were demanding for a civilian rule.
The road to civilian rule has not been easy one as pro civilian rule protesters who camped outside the military headquarters for weeks in the country’s capital Khartoum for weeks were brutalised by security forces, leaving 62 people dead, though opposition medics the number was more than 100.
On July 5, mediators from Ethiopia and African Union announced that the military rulers had agreed to form a joint government with civilians.
Under the new agreement, five seats were to go to the army, with a military president for 21 months, and five to civilians.
The final power sharing agreement was meant to be announced on July 11, but following an attempted coup, it remains unclear when the announcement will be made.