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Developing Story: Army reportedly taking over power in Sudan


April 11, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan official and radio-television have interrupted their programmes and broadcast military announcing that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) will issue a communiqué soon.

Reports from Khartoum say the coup d’état has been carried out by the whole military institution including the defence minister and first vice-president Awad Ibn Ouf.

Also, armoured vehicles belonging to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been seen deployed in the strategic positions of the capital.

The Sudanese Professionals Association which oversees the over-4 month protests across the country has called on the protesters to continue the big set-in outside the army headquarters until the identification of who is behind the coup.

The whereabouts of President Omer al-Bashir is not known. However, reports say he is at his home under the protection of the army.

A military telegram seen by Sudan Tribune released his morning informed the military commands outside the capital and in the different states that the army has taken power and will form a military council to manage the country.

Reliable Sources say the decision was taken to cut short preparations for another coup that had been underway by Islamist officers together with the NISS and the militia of the National Congress Party known as the Popular Security.

Al-Jazeera TV reported the arrest of Ali Osman Taha, former first vice-president and Ahmed Haroun the acting chairman of the National Congress Party along with other leading Islamist leaders.

Hundreds of protesters have continued to arrive at the headquarters of the army in Khartoum.

Calls for Vigilance

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which coordinates the four-month protest movement, called for vigilance and urged the Sudanese people to remain mobilized and to continue the sit-in outside army headquarters.

"At this moment, the country is waiting for the statement of the Armed Forces in response to your heroic struggle over the past four months. We say that we are at a crossroads; either a complete victory f your great struggles or a desperate attempt to reproduce the old regime,".

The SPA further recalled its demands: the stepping down of al-Bashir and his regime, handover of power to a transitional civilian government that reflects the components of the revolution and the full implementation of the declaration of freedom and change.


Sudanese are still waiting for the statement of the army leadership, while reports say some 150 politicians have been arrested from the NCP and its allied forces.

People continue to take to the street celebrating the fall of al-Bashir’s regime despite uncertainties about the nature of the military coup.


Sudanese army raided the headquarters of the Islamic Movement in Khartoum.

The Sudanese people are still awaiting the statement of the army leadership among reports about the release of the political detainees including Mohamed Nagi Alsam, the SPA spokesperson.

The SPA issued a statement calling to avoid attacks on government and private property in Khartoum. The call comes after a video showing protesters raiding the house of Awad al-Jaz a former minister and presidential adviser.


Sudanese continue to take to the street, as thousands head to the headquarters of the army where protesters have been there for five days.


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  • 11 April 2019 10:12, by Chiir

    What! Al Bashir is out of power? I thought he wanted to die in power and be taken to the cemetery (min alsultat ’iilaa almaqbara)...what happened my powerful usurping friend?

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    • 11 April 2019 12:14, by Khent

      Salva Kiir and Riek Machar need to go as well. All these self-serving monsters are collectively responsible for the deaths of millions and the displacement of millions more. It’s just too bad that there’s not a hell for them to go to - as they deserve a thousand times over.

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      • 11 April 2019 13:29, by Midit Mitot


        Any dictator leader must leaves power in that way.

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        • 11 April 2019 13:48, by jubaone

          Everything has a beginning and an end. Now that Bashir is gone, the other long standing short-legged Bantu dictator will also go and in the end, the kiirminal will be left alone, naked without any support. SS will then disintegrate into it’s constituent parts. Who cares? Do we expect the 1000 year jienge rule of SS prophesied by jienge criminal enterprise jce?

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          • 11 April 2019 16:46, by The Rhino


            Things will fall into place, no worries at all!Tribal JCE is the rotten cesspool that orchestrated and caused all the sufferings in the country.These useless ethnically driven warmongers will definitely vanish,just as quickly as they came,so will they go!

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    • 11 April 2019 15:09, by Midit Mitot

      As South Sudanese citizens we should praise Omar AL-bashir for what He had signed for us in 2002-2003 which is call South Sudan independent today.and again the current peace revitalization agreement, don,t forget what someone have done to you.

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      • 11 April 2019 15:23, by Khent

        "Praise"? "Praise" a mass-murdering despot that scuttled hopes of peace with his coup in 89? I can list an inexhaustable list of reasons for why that tyrant is deserving of only contempt, but I really can’t be bothered. Bashir was forced to sign the CPA at the heels of the naked threats delivered by the Bush administration.

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        • 11 April 2019 16:36, by The Rhino


          This is good news!Everything in Khartoum is unfolding wonderfully.This El Bashir must without any further delay be packaged and swiftly ferried to The Hague Netherlands to answer lots of questions.The ICC must now gear up settings and preparations to cage him.Bantu Museveni of Uganda,Kiir and Machar will follow suit,..just a matter of time,done!

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          • 11 April 2019 18:05, by Eastern

            The Rhino,

            Not so soon; don’t get exited by this unfolding events. General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf is an Islamist a close confidante of Al Bashir. There’s a change of guard but certainly not the status quo...Let’s wait and see what happens in the next 24 hours. Fingers crossed!

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            • 11 April 2019 20:02, by The Rhino


              Its always exciting to witness how a dictator falls.I don’t care under what circumstances or where they fall.The file of this Ibn Auf Ahmed Awad is well known in the books.Its no secret that he personally as head of military intelligence coordinated the Janjaweed massacre in Darfur(a Malong version)!,has ties to Iran and was sanctioned by the United States,there you have it!

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  • 11 April 2019 17:10, by marie

    Only Bashir is gone but the who members of the Thoura El Inkhaz is still intact and has usurped power. They have to go. Sudan deserve better government with new faces

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  • 11 April 2019 18:31, by KOKOJA

    Salva Kirr and Riek Macher are the same followers of Omer El Bashir right with the Declaration of Khartoum agreement. If the Vatican want to handle the South Sudan issue, they must seek the two to resign and let both nation start a new beginning, otherwise, the Vatican support for peace could turn against the citizen of South Sudan.

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