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Sudan activists call for ‘justice’ marches in wake of deal

14 July 2019

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) claims that it foiled an attempted coup d'état in Khartoum on Thursday.

The power void created by al-Bashir's departure has left Sudan in deadlock for months, and Omar said threatening incidents compromise national stability. "Their number is 12 and now they are under arrest and we will hunt down the others who were involved in the failed attempt, including the head of the coup attempt".

Bashir was ousted by the army on April 11 after thousands of protesters camped outside the military headquarters in central Khartoum from April 6.

Crowds of protesters marched in Khartoum's northern district of Bahari, a protest hotbed since demonstrations first erupted in December against the then regime of now ousted president Omar Al-Bashir.

He pointed out that authorities are working to arrest others, including the leader of the failed coup attempt, according to the Sudanese News Agency (SUNA).

He highlighted that the coup attempt was planned in this critical timing to impede the agreement between the TMC and the AFC.

Security forces used barbed wire to block a main road leading to the Defence Ministry compound, the site of the protest camp crushed by security forces in June, a Reuters witness said. The agreement aims to form a transitional body to administer the government, after mediation by the African Union and Ethiopia.

The announcement late Thursday came as the generals and protest leaders went through the details of the agreement at a luxury hotel in Khartoum.

Sudan or the Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. Sudan's predominant religion is Islam, and its official languages are Arabic and English. "What between us is a real and important partnership to bring Sudan out to safety and ensure that no problems will occur", said Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, the TMC's deputy chairman, when addressing a popular rally in Nahr al-Neel State, north of the capital Khartoum Saturday.

Demonstrators in Khartoum chanted slogans against the country's military leadership and held signs reading "Justice for the martyrs". The sit-in followed the collapse of talks between the military and demonstrators in May.

African Union mediators have said the sides will sign the final agreement very soon.

Thousands marched in the streets on Saturday protests, calling for the prosecution of those responsible for the killing. But the military council denied the meeting was being delayed. Two of the rapid support forces - who took part in the sit-in - said that the command was given to break the sit-in and that the instructions were issued two weeks before the implementation.

Sudan activists call for ‘justice’ marches in wake of deal