Sudan says coup foiled, blames Bashir followers
- Government accuses Bashir loyalists in attempted coup
- Khartoum streets are quiet, witness says
- Coup indicates tough road for government
- Elections to replace the military-civilian council expected in 2024
KHARTOUM, Sept.21 (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities said they foiled a coup attempt on Tuesday, accusing supporters of ousted President Omar al-Bashir of trying to reverse the transition to democracy since his overthrow in 2019.
In a brief statement on state television, the military said the situation was under control. The streets of the capital Khartoum appeared quiet, with people moving as usual and no unusual deployment of security forces, a witness said.
The coup attempt shows the difficult path facing a government that has reoriented Sudan since 2019, securing Western debt relief and taking steps to normalize ties with Israel, while battling a serious economic crisis and facing the challenges of those who remain loyal to Bashir.
A governing body known as the Sovereign Council is ruling Sudan under a fragile power-sharing deal between the military and civilians since the overthrow of Bashir, an Islamist shunned by the West who has presided over Sudan for nearly three decades.
Elections are expected in 2024.
A government spokesman said the remnants of Bashir’s government were involved in the attempted coup.
“We assure the Sudanese people that the situation is under full control as the civilian and military organizers of the attempted coup have been arrested and are currently being questioned,” spokesman Hamza Balol said on television. of state.
Authorities continued to pursue Bashir loyalists who had participated, he said.
Early Tuesday morning, a witness said military units loyal to the council used tanks to close a bridge connecting Khartoum to the nearby town of Omdurman, just across the Nile.
A government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the coup attempt involved an effort to take control of state radio in Omdurman.
One of Sudan’s largest political parties, the Umma Party, called on citizens to resist the attempted coup, which it described as “a continuation of desperate attempts to abort our glorious officer revolution. loyal to the old regime “.
Bashir is currently in prison in Khartoum, where he faces several trials.
Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz and Ali Mirghani Writing by Aidan Lewis and Tom Perry; Editing by Andrew Heavens, Giles Elgood and Angus MacSwan
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