At least 40 military officers were arrested in Sudan on Tuesday after they attempted to overthrow the country’s transitional government.
The officers attempted to take over Sudan’s state television station and the main military installation in Khartoum, CNN reported. The officers supported former president Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown in 2019 and is currently in jail on corruption charges, a government spokesman said in a statement.
Bashir will face charges of genocide at the International Criminal Court (ICC) after he is released from Sudanese prison. The Sudanese transitional government has agreed to hand Bashir over to the ICC for trial over the 2004 Darfur genocide, when the Sudanese army government-backed militias killed as many as 200,000 ethnic minorities.
Government Spokesperson and Minister of Culture and Infornation, Hamza Baloul Al Amir, said in an official statement that the coup attempt in the early hours of September 21 was led by civilian figures related to the ousted regime of former President Omar Al Bashir
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“There has been a failed coup attempt by military officers remnants of the former regime, we are confirming as the transitional council that we are coordinating fully and we are comforting the Sudanese people that the situation is completely under control,” the spokesman, Hamza Baloul, said, according to CNN.
“We’re not going back… there are people trying to turn back the hands of time,” he continued.
Sudan is currently led by a transitional government headed by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Hamdok and other government officials have expressed a desire to hold parliamentary elections, which are tentatively scheduled for 2022. The country has faced economic shocks and rampant food insecurity since the overthrow of Bashir. (RELATED: REPORT: Sudan Agrees To Join Abraham Accords, Will Normalize Ties With Israel)