A military coup d’etat attempt failed in Sudan on Tuesday and most of the involved officers were arrested, according to three senior government and military sources.
Sudanese authorities have reported a failed attempt to overthrow the country’s transitional government, blaming “military officers and civilians” from the former government of deposed President Omar al-Bashir.
According to the state television in Sudan, there has been a failed coup attempt.
The government is reported to have said measures are being taken to contain the situation.
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“All is under control. The revolution is victorious,” Mohamed al-Faki Suleiman, a member of the ruling military-civilian council, wrote on Facebook in the morning.
Hours later, Information Minister Hamza Baloul said military officers and civilians linked to al-Bashir had attempted a coup but were swiftly brought under control.
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“We brought under control a coup attempt by military officers early Tuesday,” Baloul said.
Authorities “have arrested leaders of the failed plot, which involved military officers and civilians belonging to the defunct regime”, he added.
A group of “implicated” officers
Separately, a senior military source said a group of officers were “involved in the attempt” but were “immediately suspended”.
On Tuesday, traffic in central Khartoum seemed flowing, including around the army headquarters. Sudanese security services, however, blocked the main bridge connecting Khartoum to its twin city of Omdurman, across the Nile.
A targeted transitional government
The coup attempt targeted the Sudanese transitional government set up after the ouster in March 2019 of President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted after 30 years of unchallenged rule.
Sudan has been going through a fragile transition characterized by economic difficulties and deep political divisions. In recent months, the government has embarked on a series of difficult economic reforms to qualify for a debt relief program from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
These measures, including the reduction of subsidies and the establishment of a controlled floating of the local currency, were considered too severe by many Sudanese. Sporadic protests have recently taken place across the country to protest against IMF-backed measures and the rising cost of living.
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