Commemorative events organized by opposition and protest groups are planned across Sudan on Saturday, July 13, to commemorate those killed in recent protests. Activities are expected across the country, with the largest gatherings expected in the capital Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman. A heightened security presence and localised transportation disruptions are anticipated.
The event comes as heightened tension continue to be reported across the country as of Friday, July 12, following a failed coup attempt the day prior, amid ongoing negotiations over a power-sharing agreement reached between the military council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change. At least 16 officers have been arrested in connection to the failed coup. Security forces are reportedly still searching for other officers involved in the coup and an increased military presence is likely in Khartoum in the coming hours and days. It remains unclear if the event could undermine the agreement recently reached, thus leading to further uncertainty regarding the security and political situation in Sudan.
Leaders of the Transitional Military Council (TCM) announced on Thursday night (local time) that regular military forces foiled a coup by members of the army and national intelligence and security service; however, they did not confirm when the attempt was made. According to the TCM, the plotters were trying to block the power-sharing agreement reached between the military council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change.
Civilian protest leaders and the TCM reached a power-sharing agreement on July 5, which will form a joint council with a rotational military-civilian leader. The council will rule for around three years when new elections will be held. The TCM 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 TCM; 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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