Sudanese official media reports on a ‘failed’ coup attempt.
Sudanese officials reported a coup attempt by a group of troops on Tuesday but claimed the effort failed and the military remained in charge.
Sudan’s state-run television urged the people to “fight” the effort but provided no more information.
“Everything is in control. “The revolution has triumphed,” said Mohamed Al Faki Suleiman, a member of the governing military-civilian council, on Facebook. He also urged Sudanese to safeguard the transition.
Sudanese television, meanwhile, started airing nationalistic music.
According to a military officer, an undetermined number of soldiers from the armored corps were behind the effort, and they attempted to take over various government institutions but were thwarted.
Many soldiers, including high-ranking commanders, have been detained, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media. He did not give any more information, just stating that a military statement will be issued shortly.
Suleiman said that questioning of individuals engaged in the attempted coup on Monday would begin soon and that the military will make a statement.
On Tuesday, traffic seemed to be moving smoothly in downtown Khartoum, even near army headquarters, where months of protests led to the overthrow of veteran President Omar al-Bashir in a palace coup two years ago.
Sudan has been on a shaky road to democracy since the military deposed the country’s longstanding authoritarian president, Omar al-Bashir, in April 2019, after four months of widespread demonstrations.
Sudan is presently governed by a transitional administration comprised of both civilian and military officials, which was established in the aftermath of Bashir’s ouster and is charged with supervising the restoration to full civilian authority.
The transition has been clouded by deep political divides and persistent economic difficulties inherited from the Bashir administration.
In recent months, the administration has implemented a slew of severe economic reforms in order to qualify for IMF debt relief.
Many Sudanese considered the measures, which included reducing subsidies and managing the float of the Sudanese pound, to be excessively severe.
Protests over IMF-backed reforms and increasing living costs have erupted on a sporadic basis.