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24 Jul 2019 | 05:31 PM UTC

Sudan: Military claims coup d’état attempt thwarted July 24 /update 109

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Military claims on July 24 that it thwarted coup d’état attempt and arrested at least a dozen people, including high-ranking military officers; heightened security measures to be expected over near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/23/2019, 11:00 PM until 7/31/2019, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Sudan

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Military officials in Sudan claimed on Wednesday, July 24, that the armed forces had foiled a coup d'état attempt against ruling generals and had arrested at least a dozen people, including high-ranking military officers and leaders of the Islamic Movement and the National Congress Party, in connection with the failed coup attempt. The alleged attempt marks the second coup d'état plot thwarted this month in Sudan and comes as the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and opposition-led groups are working to settle a power-sharing deal that would outline a three-year transition process that culminates with elections.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in major urban areas, including Khartoum and Omdurman, over the near term.


The Sudanese security and defense committee, part of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), reported on July 11 that a coup d'état attempt had been foiled.

Civilian protest leaders and the TMC reached a power-sharing agreement on July 5, which is expected to form a joint council with a rotational military-civilian leader. Under the agreement, the council will also rule for around three years, after which new elections will be held.

The TMC came to power after removing President Omar al-Bashir from office on April 11 following months of protests. Initially, the council announced it would rule until presidential elections could be held in two years. A sit-in demonstration was held in Khartoum until June 3 to demand increased civilian participation in negotiations, when it was violently dispersed by security forces. On July 3, opposition Alliance for Freedom and Change leaders agreed to participate in direct negotiations with the TMC; talks were previously suspended in May due to a dispute over whether a civilian or military official should rule the transitional body.


Individuals in Sudan, particularly those in Khartoum and other urban areas, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, refrain from nonessential movement, and avoid all protests due to the risk of violence.


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