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Sudan military stop attempted coup, arrest involved security officers

14 July 2019

Sudan's ruling transitional military has foiled a "coup attempt" aimed at "blocking the deal" with opposition representatives.

The power void created by al-Bashir's departure has left Sudan in deadlock for months, and Omar said threatening incidents compromise national stability.

The thwarted coup involved a number of retired officers, as well as officers still in service, Jamal Omar Ibrahim, head of Transitional Military Council's security committee said. Omar said of the 12 officers arrested, five of them were retired, and that security forces were looking for the mastermind of the attempted coup.

The protests finally led to the army ousting him on April 11, but the generals who seized power have so far resisted demonstrators' demands to hand it over to a civilian administration.

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Crowds of protesters marched in Khartoum's northern district of Bahari, a protest hotbed since demonstrations first erupted in December against the then regime of now ousted president Omar Al-Bashir. On 13 May 2019, prosecutors charged al-Bashir with "inciting and participating in" the killing of protesters. Ibrahim explained that the attempt was planned in a timely manner to preempt the agreement between the military and the demonstrators. Security forces were pursuing the group's leader and additional officers who took part in plotting the coup attempt, he said, but the council did not reveal the name of the attempted leader, his rank or other details. The agreement aims to form a transitional body to administer the government, after mediation by the African Union and Ethiopia.

Protest leader Mervet Hamdaneel said Saturday's talks with generals to discuss some finer details of the blueprint had been postponed, without giving details.

Sudan or the Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa.

Demonstrators in Khartoum chanted slogans against the country's military leadership and held signs reading "Justice for the martyrs".

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Protesters rally in Khartoum, Sudan, on July 5 after an agreement that will give joint power to civilian and military leaders.

The marches mark 40 days since the dispersal of the pro-democracy protesters' sit-in in outside military headquarters in Khartoum on June 3.

Gen. Mohammed Hamadan Dagalo, deputy head of the military council, told a gathering of military supporters in the Nile River province, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Khartoum, that his forces, the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, "are not angels and we will try all offenders".

Earlier this week, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan told the pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the ruling military council has thwarted several military coup attempts and that investigations were underway to determine who were behind them.

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Sudan military stop attempted coup, arrest involved security officers