Sudanese authorities have reported a failed attempt to overthrow the country’s transitional government, blaming “military officers and civilians” from the former government of deposed President Omar al-Bashir.
Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok addressed the attempted coup, which took place early Tuesday, he called it an “an extension of previous attempts” to overthrow the transitional government created after longtime leader al-Bashir was removed from power in 2019.
“They tried to take advantage of the situation in different towns by closing the ports and the roads. They took advantage of the national crisis and tried to stop us from moving forward during this transitional period,” he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Information Minister Hamza Baloul said military officers and civilians linked to al-Bashir had attempted a coup but were swiftly brought under control.
“We brought under control a coup attempt by military officers early Tuesday,” Baloul said.
The country is currently ruled by a transitional government composed of both civilian and military representatives that was installed in the aftermath of al-Bashir’s overthrow and is tasked with overseeing a return to full civilian rule.
Deep political divisions and chronic economic problems inherited from the al-Bashir regime have overshadowed the transition.
Tensions between civilian and military have persisted, as have tensions between the military and the Rapid Support paramilitary forces, which operates under the auspices of the military.