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Council of Ministers reveals security situation, confirms security is absent

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Eng. Khaled Omar Youssef, warned of a plot to overthrow the government by disrupting the Council of Ministers through storming it.

A fringe group belonging to the “Forces of Freedom and Change”, allied with the military component and some remnants of the former regime, announced demonstrations against the transitional government headed by Dr. Abdallah Hamdok today, Saturday, the 16th of October, in anticipation of the October 21st processions in support of the democratic civil transition.

Observers describe the “fringe group” as an alternative political incubator backed by the military, with the aim of providing political cover for a military coup led by the head of the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, and the commander of the Rapid Support Forces, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The minister confirmed in exclusive statements to AlTaghyeer that the Council of Ministers is now without full security and that the army, security, and the RSF fiercely resisted at the meeting of the security committee for the state of Khartoum yesterday, any security for the council.

News also emerged of forces affiliated with an armed movement removing concrete barriers in front of the building at dawn on Saturday.

He added that there are no guards except from some of the Central Reserve Forces, while crowds gather to march towards the Council of Ministers, made up of civil administrations and Quranic school students.

In addition, the minister believes that there is a planned sit-in in front of the council, after which the protestors will storm the council’s HQ and disrupt its work to create a constitutional vacuum.

The minister pointed out that there are number pickup trucks, surrounded by armed men, besieging the cabinet from all directions.

Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah Hamdok addressed the Sudanese people on Friday evening, October 15, that the country is in a very dangerous situation and that there is brewing conflict between supporters of the democratic civil transition and the putschists, stressing that he is not neutral or mediator in this conflict, but rather that he stands firmly in the side of the civil democratic transition.

It is noteworthy that the army announced the thwarting of a coup attempt led by the remnants of the former regime on September 21, 2012. In the wake of that attempt, the military component led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan launched a verbal war against the civilian component of the transitional government and its political incubator, blaming civilians for the military coups.

Following the failed coup attempt, al-Burhan declared that the Sudanese armed forces will act as the guardians of the country until elections are held.

The commander of the Rapid Support Forces announced his refusal to put the police and security services under civilian control, and to hand these services only to an elected government.

In a related context, the leader of the Hadandawa tribe, Syed Muhammad al-Amin Tirk, is leading protests in eastern Sudan that closed the main port of Port Sudan and the national road linking the port with the rest of the country, calling for the dissolution of the civilian government and the formation of a military council to rule the country.

Government officials and independent observers confirm that Tirk is acting on behalf of the remnants of ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir’s regime, and is being protected by the military component led by al-Burhan.

Observers link the crisis in eastern Sudan, the security chaos in the capital, and attempts to disrupt oil production in the west of the country, with a plan to stifle the civilian government in preparation for a military coup.

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