Sudan’s foiled coup is an effort by Bashir supporters to derail the civilian democratic transition–PM.
Sudan thwarted coup is orchestrated by factions inside and outside the armed forces and this is an extension of the attempts by remnants since the fall of the former regime to abort the civilian democratic transition,” Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in a televised statement.
He went on to say that the effort was preceded by significant preparations, including anarchy in the cities and the exploitation of the crisis in the country’s east, as well as attempts to shut national highways and ports and halt oil production.
According to a witness, the streets of Khartoum’s capital looked peaceful, with people moving about regularly.
According to a witness, military forces loyal to the council deployed tanks to block a bridge linking Khartoum and Omdurman, just across the Nile.
Plotters attempted to seize control of state radio in Omdurman, according to a government source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The alleged coup plotters had been apprehended and were being questioned, government spokesperson Hamza Balol said on state television, adding that the remaining pockets of resistance at Al Shajara camp in south Khartoum were being dealt with.
Major General Abdalbagi Alhassan Othman Bakrawi, commander of the Armored Corps stationed there, led the coup along with 22 other officers, defence minister Lieutenant General Yasin Ibrahim stated in a statement.
Shortly after, Sudan’s senior military commander, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, visited the camp and denounced the coup attempt, saying it might have had “catastrophic repercussions for the unity of the army, the military, and the nation.”
“We want to seize this nation and turn it over to the will of the people, to free and fair elections,” he told soldiers.