KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s ruling navy council stated it foiled an tried navy coup Thursday, simply days after the navy and a pro-democracy coalition agreed on a joint sovereign council to rule the nation throughout a transition interval till elections are organized.
Lt. Gen. Gamal Omar, a member of the navy council, stated in a press release at the very least 16 lively and retired navy officers had been arrested. Safety forces had been pursuing the group’s chief and extra officers who took half in plotting the coup try, he stated.
The council didn’t reveal the title of the tried chief, his rank or different particulars. The assertion additionally stated 5 of the arrested officers had been retired.
The navy and a pro-democracy coalition agreed final week on a joint sovereign council that may rule for a little bit over three years whereas elections are organized. Each side say a diplomatic push by the U.S. and its Arab allies was key to ending a weekslong standoff that raised fears of all-out civil warfare.
“The tried coup got here in a essential time, forward of the cope with the Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change,” Omar stated, referring to the group that speaks for pro-democracy demonstrators.
Sudan has been in political impasse for the reason that overthrow of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April. Sudan’s high normal has stated the navy council that assumed energy after al-Bashir’s overthrow could be dissolved with the implementation of the power-sharing deal.
The deal was meant to finish the political impasse between the navy council and the protest motion since safety forces razed an enormous pro-democracy sit-in in Khartoum early final month, killing greater than 100 folks since then, in keeping with protest organizers.
Within the ensuing weeks, protesters stayed within the streets, demanding that the generals hand energy to civilian management.
They resumed negotiations on Wednesday after tens of 1000’s of individuals flooded the streets of Sudan’s foremost cities final weekend within the largest demonstrations for the reason that sit-in camp was razed. No less than 11 folks had been killed in clashes with safety forces, in keeping with protest organizers.
Magdy reported from Cairo.