Coup attempt in Sudan foiled, mastermind arrested Sep 22, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Khartoum An attempted coup has been thwarted in the East African country of Sudan, the army and prime minister said on Tuesday.The army was able to prevent an overthrow, military spokesperson Taher Abu Haja told Sudanese state television.Sudan was ruled with an iron fist by President Omar al-Bashir for 30 years until his ouster by the army in 2019 after mass protests.Civilians and the military then formed a joint transitional government, a move which was welcomed worldwide.Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok told reporters the coup was a coordinated attempt to halt the country’s democratic transition.He said the plotters had ties to the former regime of al-Bashir. They had tried to block roads, halt oil production and close ports in the country, he added. The failed coup highlights the urgent need to reform the security services sector and the military, Hamdok said.The mastermind is believed to be Major General Abdul-Baqi Al-Bakrawi, a military spokesperson told dpa. Al-Bakrawi’s supporters initially prevented his arrest, the spokesperson said. That led to negotiations between the military and the coup plotters. Sudanese Information Minister Hamza Balloul said on state television that the situation was under control and that the key plotters had been arrested. According to Balloul, they are supporters of the former regime.A large number of military vehicles were seen on the streets of Khartoum in the early morning.The transitional government has paved the way for elections within three years. The country is currently governed by a Sovereign Council of military and civilian leaders and a cabinet. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Taliban working on ‘new procedure’ to let schoolgirls attend classes Sep 22, 2021 0 0 Russia responsible for killing Litvinenko, EU court rules Sep 22, 2021 0 0 Third Russian spy charged over Salisbury Novichok poisonings Sep 22, 2021 0 0 Indian army pilots killed in chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir New Delhi: Two pilots were killed after an Indian army helicopter crashed on hills in India’s volatile Jammu and Kashmir state on Tuesday, officials said. Both pilots from the army aviation corps were critically injured .. Over 80% of Malaysian adults jabbed against COVID dpa Bangkok Eight in 10 adults in Malaysia have received two doses of coronavirus vaccine, prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Tuesday. “Congratulations,” the recently installed premier said of the .. Libyan parliament withdraws confidence from unity government Tripoli: Libya’s parliament voted on Tuesday to withdraw its confidence from a unity government that took office earlier this year, highlighting increasing divisions in the country ahead of planned elections in .. One dead after Palestinian runs over Israeli police aide Tel Aviv: A Palestinian man killed an Israeli police aide and injured a police officer in an attack, according to Israeli sources. The man ran over the two officers in the north of the country, Israeli media reported on ..