Sudanese officials were reportedly busy thwarting a coup attempt to overthrow President Omar al-Bashir’s government. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity, is accused of suppressing political and human rights groups since the secession of southern Sudan in 2011.
The government has been especially active in quashing dissent in the three months since the government was elected to office and after more than two years of negotiations brokered by the United Nations over a new constitution. On Monday, three top officials within the ruling National Congress Party were arrested, including Mahmoud Osman, the spokesman for the party, according to Radio Dabanga. Other officials, including the chairman of the NCP’s popular committee, attended a rally in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, calling for new elections.
“This is only a prelude to the establishment of a coalition government,” Osman said, according to the BBC. A military official who was also arrested said the event was part of a plan to oust Bashir. Authorities have not yet made any public comment on the arrest of the cabinet ministers. An article in Sudan’s official Al-Sudani newspaper said the operation against the coup attempt had been planned months in advance.
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