Rumors began to circulate on September 20 – even if immediately denied – concerning an attempted coup in Sudan, and were finally confirmed the next day by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, who wanted to personally inform the Sudanese through the state television.

According to the Prime Minister, the attempt to organize a coup would be attributed to a group of members of the Armed Forces and some civilian officials of the institutions, linked to Islamist bangs loyal to former President Omar al-Bashir.

Dozens of arrests have been made in Khartoum and in other minor localities of Sudan, while the spokesman of the Sovereign Council of Transition, Mohammed al-Faki, has called on the Sudanese population to take to the streets and defend the authorities in charge of managing the democratic transition of the country.

The situation seems to have returned shortly afterwards under the full control of the authorities, while the first details of the failed coup have begun to leak out. It would have been led by Major General Abdel Baki Bakrawi, leading some soldiers arrived in Khartoum from the regions of Wadi Omar and Omdurman. The objective of the military coup seems to have been the occupation of the headquarters of the national television and radio, but they were repelled by the loyalist soldiers and in a short time surrounded and arrested.

Almost forty would have been the military involved in the coup attempt, although according to some rumors also a number of civilian officials of the institutions would be involved and currently under arrest.

The Sovereign Council of Transition accuses of the coup attempt some members of the Armed Forces still loyal to the system of power linked to the Islamists supporting former President Omar al-Bashir, while the Minister for Religious Affairs, Nasr Eldeen Mofarih, said it is necessary to take the opportunity to expel Islamists who have long supported the former dictator of Sudan from the Armed Forces and institutions.

According to the authorities in Khartoum also the recent waves of violence in the Darfur region would be attributable to the same group, in an attempt to determine the failure of the process of national reconciliation and bring down the current transitional institutions.

In an interview with the New York Times, Amjad Farid, former deputy chief of staff of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, said that since 2019 there have been several coup attempts hatched in Sudan by members of the Armed Forces still loyal to former dictator Omar al-Bashir and dissatisfied with the way the transitional government manages politics. According to Farid it is urgent to start the reform of the institutions by transferring the full authority and the entire control of the institutions, including especially the Armed Forces, to the civil government.


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