Demonstrators salute soldiers during a protest in Khartoum, Sudan on Wednesday. Reuters
Sudan state television said on Thursday that the armed forces would make an important announcement soon, sparking speculation that a coup attempt could be underway against President Omar Al-Bashir, who has led the country for 30 years.
Earlier this week, soldiers clashed with uniformed intelligence and security service personnel who had tried to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters camped outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum.
At least 11 people died in the clashes on Tuesday, including six members of the armed forces.
“The armed forces will present an important statement shortly. Be ready for it,” the announcement on state television read, without giving further details.
As people waited for further word, state television and radio played patriotic music, reminding older Sudanese of how past military takeovers unfolded in country.
Anti-government protests have escalated during the past few months, posing the most sustained challenge Bashir has faced during his three decades in power.
The appointment of Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan Abdelrahman as the new head of Sudan’s transitional military council is a step in the right direction and one can now expect the country’s democratic transition to take place in a systematic and peaceful manner.
If you want to understand what’s going on in Sudan today, it’s worth imagining the same events on home turf. So let’s pretend for a moment that London is Khartoum, Europe is the Middle East, and that extraordinary things are unfolding on your doorstep. A major protest is taking place in Westminster. People are asking for change.
At this point of time when Sudan is going through troubled times, peace and restraint are key aspects and it is important that the country’s democratic transition takes place in a systematic and peaceful manner. As reflected in the well-meaning Twitter message by Dr Anwar Bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs,
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