Sudan general says coup attempt foiled
Sudan's ruling military council foiled a coup attempt, a top general announced on state television Thursday, saying that 12 officers and four soldiers had been arrested.
"Officers and soldiers from the army and National Intelligence and Security Service, some of them retired, were trying to carry out a coup," General Jamal Omar of the ruling military council said in a statement broadcast live on state television.
"The regular forces were able to foil the attempt," he said, but did not say when the attempt was made.
"This is an attempt to block the agreement which has been reached by the Transitional Military Council and the Alliance for Freedom and Change that aims to open the road for Sudanese people to achieve their demands," Omar said.The two sides held intense discussions through the night into the early hours of Friday and later agreed to continue on Saturday, mediators told reporters.
The announcement late Thursday came as the generals and protest leaders went through the details of the agreement at a luxury hotel in Khartoum.
The landmark agreement that aims to form a new joint transitional civilian-military ruling body was reached last week after mediation by African Union and Ethiopian envoys.
Sudan has been rocked by a political crisis since protests first erupted against Bashir's rule in December.
The protests finally led to the army ousting him on April 11, but the generals who seized power have so far resisted demonstrators' demands to hand it over to a civilian administration.
Tension had further soared between the two sides after a brutal raid on a longstanding protest camp outside army headquarters in the capital Khartoum that killed dozens of demonstrators and wounded hundreds on June 3.
The raid came after talks between the generals and protest leaders collapsed in May over who should lead the new governing body -- a civilian or soldier.
The agreement proposes a little more than a three-year transition period, with the president of the new ruling body to be held by the military for the first 21 months and a civilian for the remaining 18 months.
The ruling body would comprise of six civilians, including five from the protest movement, and five of the military.
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