Home | News    Thursday 25 July 2019

Sudanese army thwarts coup attempt, arrests its chief of staff

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Lt Gen Hashim Abdel Muttalab Ahmed, SAF Joint Chiefs of Staff
July 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) foiled a new coup attempt led by the Chief of Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the participation of some leaders of the ousted regime and the Islamist movement, said a military statement issued on Wednesday.

The head of the security committee in the military council, Gamal Omer announced on July 11, that the security services foiled a coup attempt and that some military personnel were arrested while the coup mastermind was still free.

On that day, a statement said that 12 officers had been arrested, including seven in service, five retreated, and four non-commissioned officers.

A military statement said that the investigations revealed the plot and those behind it adding that it was headed by "Lt General, Hashim Abdel Muttalab Ahmed, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a number of high-ranking officers of the armed forces and the National Security and Intelligence Services, alongside leaders of the Islamic Movement and the banned National Congress Party".

Following the announcement of the aborted coup, the Transitional Military Council (TMC) arrested a number of military personnel and political leaders of the banned National Congress Party of the deposed president Omer al-Bashir.

The list of the arrested military officers includes the Chief of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Major General Hashim Abdel Muttaab, the Commander of the Armoured Corps, Major General Nasr al-Din Abdel Fattah, his deputy, the commander of the Region of Khartoum, and the Commander of the Popular Defence Forces.

Among the arrested politicians, Ali Karti, former Foreign Minister, Kamal Abdel Latif former Minister of Minerals, and Zubair Ahmed al-Hassan the Secretary-General of the Islamic Movement.

Karti is described as one of the hawks of the Islamic Movement and was the former head of the Popular Defense Forces, the armed group that fought the war against the rebels of South Sudan under the banner of "jihad."

While Kamal Abdel Latif is one of the most prominent elements of what is known as Popular Security which is a militia established to defend the former regime of the National Congress Party and the Islamic Movement.

This is the fifth attempt since the transitional military junta took over power on April 11 after the al-Bashir’s ouster. But it is the first time that the authorities give the names of those involved in the coup.

This failed coup is seen as a translation of the tension that characterized the strained relationship between the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the army leadership.

The Armoured Corps was the most critical of the Rapid Support Forces. Recently, there have been reports in Khartoum about a sharp verbal exchange between Nasr al-Din and Hemmeti during a briefing of army officers. The army general strongly refuted statements of the RSF leader who sought to play down the role played by the armed forces.

Also, the Armoured Corps refused to have the RSF forces posted in front of its headquarters and considered that as a direct provocation to the army, following what Hemetti was forced to withdraw his troops.

Sources that preferred not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue told Sudan Tribune that Hemetti following the incident asked the army chief of staff to dismiss the commanders of the armoured corps, but his request was not answered.

"It seems that they are all accused of attempting to overthrow the regime," said the source who expressed doubts about the accuracy of the accusations directed against them.

However, the military council broadcast a recorded video statement read by Lt-Gen Hashim Abdel Muttalab Ahmed, the putschists planned to air after the coup.

The military statement said that the failed coup attempt aimed at aborting "the glorious popular revolution" and the reestablish the former regime.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


What federal system is suitable for South Sudan? 2019-11-12 11:06:55 By Dr Jacob K. Lupai* Introduction Federalism is seen as a constitutional arrangement for dividing power between different levels of government so that federated states, regions or provinces can (...)

Differences between Sudan government, SRF and FFC are the main issues of concern 2019-11-09 11:17:17 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman As the proverb goes, the difference of opinion does not spoil amity and does not spoil the friendliness issue. On the other hand, mere differences of point of view and (...)

Can women make the world more peaceful? 2019-11-06 11:31:03 By Paulino Akoon Yel Dut A genuine comprehensive analysis shows that involving women in peacebuilding increases the probability that violence will end in an easy manner. Hence we should thank (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.