Sudanese army strikes civilian politicians after coup attempt
CAIRO, Sept. 22 (Reuters) – Sudanese military leaders said on Wednesday that civilian politicians with whom they shared power had opened the door to an attempted coup by neglecting public welfare as they were consumed by internal quarrels.
A body known as the Sovereign Council has ruled Sudan under a fragile power-sharing deal between the military and civilians since the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019, but relations have remained strained since then. .
Military authorities said on Monday they had arrested 21 officers who had attempted to seize power in the early hours of the day. The threat seemed to have increased tensions between the partners.
Speaking at a military graduation ceremony in Omdurman, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the Sovereign Council, and his deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, accused civilian politicians of seeking personal gain and of ‘forget the objectives of the revolution.
“The politicians gave the coup d’etat an opportunity because they neglected the citizen, his livelihood and basic services and were busy fighting for the seats and dividing the posts,” Dagalo said, in an unusually strong criticism from the civilian team.
Khalid Omer Yousif, a civilian politician and cabinet minister, called the generals’ comments “astonishing” in an interview with Al Jazeera television station.
“What they said is a direct threat to the transition and a repetition of past experiences in Sudan,” he added, referring to the history of military coups in Sudan, which he said. declared that the public would not accept.
The “Friends of Sudan”, a group that includes several Western powers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, condemned the attempted coup in a statement supporting the “civilian-led transition process.”
After the coup attempt, Civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok reiterated his calls to restructure the military and place its business interests under civilian control, a key source of dispute, in a speech that did not emphasize emphasis on military-civilian unity as it has done before.
Political parties called on citizens to reject military rule and protect the revolution. Burhan called such statements “unacceptable”.
“Who should they stand up against to protect the revolution? About us, the military? It is we who protect it from them, those who want to steal it.
Burhan said the military was the group most interested in the transition to democracy and the elections, scheduled for early 2024.
“They are busy fighting and screaming and aiming all their arrows at us,” he said.
Both men said they felt their strength was not appreciated.
“The military is faced with humiliation and insults day and night, so how can there not be coups,” Dagalo said.
Reporting by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Alison Williams and Grant McCool
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