Sudan coup attempt thwarted


Sudan’s military rulers said several officers attempting a coup to undermine agreement between the military and the opposition to share power for three years ahead of elections, failed.

The thwarted coup involved retired officers as well as others still serving, Jamal Omar Ibrahim, head of the Transitional Military Council’s security committee said on Sudanese TV.

He added 12 were arrested and four detained in connection with the thwarted coup.

The military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups agreed provisionally last week to share power for three years, bringing thousands to the streets to hail a first step towards ending decades of dictatorship.

The deal revived hopes for a peaceful transition of power in a country plagued by internal conflicts and years of economic crisis that triggered months of protests, which ended Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule in April.

The agreement has yet to be finalised and signed.

Relations between the military council that ousted Bashir and the Forces for Freedom and Change opposition alliance broke down when security forces killed dozens as they cleared a sit-in on June 3. After massive protests against the military, African mediators brokered a return to talks, which led to the deal.