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Sudan thwarts fresh coup attempt: reports

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December 20, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese authorities have quietly arrested more than half a dozen army officers accusing them of plotting to stage a coup against the government led by president Omer Hassan al-Bashir.

According to the Cairo-based Al-Masry Al-Youm and Saudi-owned Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspapers the head of the of plot is a colonel in Khartoum central region who was identified as Al-Tayeb Al-Sayed.

Al-Masry Al-Youm offered more details saying Al-Sayed was assisted by six unnamed officers along with a retired Major general and two privates.

The same newspaper quoted Al-Sayed as warning the head of military intelligence that unless changes in the “leadership” are made that fixes the country’s problems then “everyday they will find a coup as there are tens behind us who will try that”.

But the Sudanese army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad denied these reports speaking about a “third coup” uncovered last month that follows a first unannounced one that presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie spoke about last week.

Sa’ad described the reports as “rumors” with “foreign goals” to destabilize the country stressing that the country’s institutions are under state control.

Last month Sudanese authorities sent shockwaves throughout the country when it arrested the once powerful former head of National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Salah Gosh and more than a dozen senior security and army officers who are considered Islamist loyalists.

The government initially described the plot as a sabotage one aimed at inciting chaos avoiding labeling it as a coup attempt. Later they acknowledged that this was a plan to overthrow the regime.

There were numerous reports of further arrests made in the ranks of the Sudanese army weeks after the initial announcement drawing further questions about the scope of the plot.

The lack of a coherent explanation by officials on the coup attempt led many observers to believe that this is a power struggle within the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) aimed at eliminating disenfranchised Islamist elements.

Despite repeated pledges by authorities to unveil more details on the alleged coup attempt the detainees have yet to be formally charged and prosecuted.

Sudanese officials including Nafie are now suggesting that investigations are proving links between those arrested and some opposition parties including Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the National Umma Party (NUP).

The conspirators have reportedly spread news about the president’s “deteriorating” health condition to justify the coup.

The 68-years old Sudanese leader underwent two surgeries in his throat since August in Qatar and Saudi Arabia respectively. Officials in the presidency confirmed the first surgery only two months later following growing talk that Bashir was ill.

Bashir’s brother Abdullahi was the first to disclose that the president had a tumor in his vocal cords but said it was benign. The revelation embarrassed other Sudanese officials who gave less serious accounts of Bashir’s ailment.

The Sudanese president has cut down his public appearances particularly in conferences but continues to hold bilateral meetings with members of his government and foreign dignitaries.

But since last year several memos attributed to unnamed Islamists and NCP members have floated calling for deep reforms within the government and ruling party to deal with growing crises in the country.

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  • 20 December 2012 11:16, by Aaban

    The whole army of airhead gangs leaders are all defectors but coward to fight tether than fail coup every years, so bad to them because both of them sold their soul to evil in which they are responsible for the power of evil their god you are Kool Khara

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  • 20 December 2012 11:52, by master

    as i said munites age
    bashir & taha days numbered

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    • 20 December 2012 16:55, by laatmachol apac

      Northerners
      please pray and mourn for the illness of your leader instead of attempting coup while he is still alive.president Bashir is the strongest leader a wise man.without him South Sudan secession could have bring disaster to you people who have not experience harsh life.leave Bashir to die alone like dog who have no predator except Hyena.long live Bashir,long live Sadik Al Mandi.

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      • 20 December 2012 18:19, by master

        Laatm
        run & hide your live jeopardize
        who you will die?
        One bullet in your head or hunger or cattle raid or disease or tribal conflict ?

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  • 20 December 2012 12:34, by Makunon

    Bashir is really suffering from benign bug and should hand over and dead alone rather than on seat.

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  • 21 December 2012 04:30, by Juba City

    why should human being keep telling lies? Pre. Bashir will never be in public eyes again is gone for good like Ethiopian PM Males. their disease is the same. Stop fooling public around. And if I may ask, why should you "Kiir" looked the oil with big padlocks and give the keys to Omer Al-Bashir and now u are asking him to re-open it for us? Now u are crying out begging him to open it. what a shame!

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  • 21 December 2012 06:25, by Son of Ngundeng

    Bashier will not reach even three months later he will die, soon to flow his friend Malaz Zanua,your judgement day has come.!!!!!!

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  • 21 December 2012 06:54, by Foxtail

    let Bashir lives guys. he’s better than Nafie Ali Nafie.

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