Khartoum, 12-7-2019 (Sudanow ) –The Transitional Military Council on Friday said they have aborted a coup d’état that was seeking to frustrate an agreement between the Transitional Military Council and the revolutionary groups led by the Forces for Freedom and Change, on power sharing during the coming interim period
Head of the Security Committee within the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Lt. Gen. Jamal Omer Ibrahim, said at least 20 officers including a dozen in active duty, were arrested in connection with the planning of the abortive coup against the Council and the Forces.
Gen Ibrahim said the security and military intelligence bodies foiled the coup attempt masterminded by a group of officers and non-commissioned officers from the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Security Service.
The aim of the coup, he said, was to “block the agreement between the Transitional Military Council and the Forces of Freedom and Change, which is imminent and leading to a political transformation that meets the aspirations of the Sudanese people.”
Gen Ibrahim said 12 officers in active service, five retired officers, and four non-commissioned officers were arrested in connection with the coup, adding that others will be arrested, including the leader of the foiled coup.
The Transitional Military Council took over following the demise of Field Marshal Omar Bashir, April 11, 2019, following a popular revolt that continued September 2018, gaining momentum and reaching its peak in April 2019.
Since April the two sides, the Transitional Military Council and the Revolutionary youth led by the Forces for Freedom and Change, were engaged in talks on how to share power during a transitional period that would culminate by general and presidential elections. The African Union and the Ethiopian government, encouraged and supported by the EU and United States, were facilitating the talks. Only last week the two sides said they have reached an agreement that would be signed later on.
The coup attempt came two days after the announcement of the conclusion of the agreement.
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