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Atta details alleged plot between opposition, rebels to topple Sudan’s gov’t


January 3, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s intelligence chief has divulged details of an alleged coordination between some opposition and rebel groups to overthrow the government through a merger of armed and civil strife, accusing the Islamist leader Hassan Al-Turabi of being its figurehead.

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Head of Sudan’s NISS Mohamed Atta (SMC)

Speaking at a meeting with political parties allied with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in the capital Khartoum on Tuesday, the intelligence chief, Mohamed Atta, claimed that the security apparatus had laid their hand on evidences linking opposition groups, particularly Al-Turabi’s Popular Congress Party (PCP), to the Sudanese Revolutionary Forces (SRF), an alliance of armed rebels fighting to overthrow the government.

Atta said that scenarios written by Al-Turabi himself on ways of toppling the government were caught in the possession of his senior aide, Ibrahim al-Sanousi, who was arrested in December upon his return from a visit to the Republic of South Sudan and Uganda, where most SRF leaders are based.

The top security official alleged that in his written scenarios, Al-Turabi proposed two possibilities for toppling the government, the first being a military coup but he inserted a caveat saying that such a move would face obstacles because it is widely unacceptable. The second option Al-Turabi proposed, according to Atta, is a popular uprising but the opposition figure warned that such revolt might not occur in the short run.

Sudanese authorities arrested Al-Turabi in June last year after he warned in an interview that Sudan is likely to experience a revolt modeled on the Arab Spring should the government continues to resist reforms. He was released three months later without charges.

In his address, Atta accused the opposition coalition National Consensus Forces (NCF), which includes the PCP, of having contacts with the SRF, which includes the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), two factions of Darfur group, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).

These contacts were conducted through the NCF’s chairman Farouq Abu Isa, said Atta.

Atta went on to accuse opposition groups of hypocrisy, saying that they claim to be patriotic but they have no qualms about executing foreign agendas in the pursuit of taking power.

The SRF, whose factions are fighting the Sudanese government in the country’s peripheries, on Sunday called on opposition groups to complement its armed struggle with a popular uprising in the center.

This call, which was made in the form of an open letter, is likely to draw the ire of the NCP which propagates claims that the SRF is a proxy group supported by South Sudan.

Atta said that the opposition’s chances of creating an Arab Spring in Sudan were now more minimal than ever after the formation of the broad-base government in which the NCP managed to include the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the son of Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, leader of the opposition National Umma Party (NUP).


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  • 4 January 2012 07:29, by green2

    these are the people who calls themselve Arabs, like this guy call Att! God, ignorance is the big disease for black people. you been indoctrinated but you are not Araba! your days are number, being muslim doesnt mean you have to deny your originality! slave, this religion, call Isamic has slave you mentally!

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  • 4 January 2012 08:00, by Madina Tonj

    Mr. Mohamed Atta

    I think the fact must be told. It is impossible for you to prevent Khartoum regime from falling just mark my word. By all account this indictment regime will be gone without any question. Omar al Bashir has double the crimes more than ever before and you should looking for your own refugee to hidden as things are getting worst. The late Muammar al Gaddafi and his army ignored TNC

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    • 4 January 2012 08:22, by mohammed ali

      Whom do you think you are to mark your words?! Nobody even kntw you.Nothing will stay for life; but this group " the group of the failed" are not and will not be accepted by the people of Sudan.They are the real immunity to the regime and the main obstacle to any revolution!

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      • 4 January 2012 08:42, by Sir. Nostalgic

        Mahammed Ali, I always find you with intellectuality but now it is almost a shock to read such a writting from you. Now, why should be a person with no sense and such a person like you should be at least of good sense. Bashir’s government can not be supported by a sensative person unless a half dead person surely! I am sorry for these fake Arabs.

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  • 4 January 2012 14:19, by abdullah

    Another excuse to arrest and shut down opposition, The dictatorship now know their days are numbered, they wanted to suppress the voice of the Sudanese peoples who are crying for freedom and democracy, but they cannot stop the Sudanese peoples from gaining their freedoms. down down with the NCP dictatorship. Sudan Revolutionary Forces forward backward never untill the dictatorship is Toppled.

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