Alleged Attempted Coup in Sudan

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Political Observation - The Alleged Attempted Coup in Sudan

Official Sudanese media outlets announced this morning, Tuesday 21 September 2021, “a failed coup attempt in Sudan”. Official spokesperson of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Mohamed Al Faki Suleiman posted a statement on Facebook in which he wrote “Rise in defence of your country and to protect the transition.” Almost an hour later he also wrote “Things are under control and the revolution is victorious”, in a bid to dupe the masses into believing that the alleged coup was directed against the volition of the masses.

Following a joint meeting between the collaborating Freedom and Change Forces (FFC) with the Sudanese cabinet, Sudanese information minister Hamza Baloul said “the attempted coup was designed to turn the clock back. Military and civilian putschists have been apprehended. They are from among the officers loyal to the former regime.” Meanwhile, the Sudanese army announced that “a failed attempted coup has been brought under control.”

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok for his part said an “urgent real decision will be issued to immunise the transition” stressing “the current partnership must be consolidated.” He added that “a special committee will issue a swift decision to dismantle the 30 June system”, meaning the dismantling of the “Empowerment” state that epitomised the “dissolved Islamic system” of Omar al-Bashir.

By scrutinising the official statements and the news whose sources are monopolised by the state, and through the analysis of the farcical circumstances such as rumours circulating of an “imminent coup” before it happened, and the circumstances surrounding the alleged coup attempt, especially the conditions witnessed by the capital and other cities during the past few months with sit-ins and protests against the deteriorating economic situation, increase in fuel prices and foodstuffs, plundering of public funds, lack of security and discontent within the ranks of the military necessitating a pre-emptive purge of the security and military institutions along with some political forces opposing the regime, it has transpired from all this that the alleged attempted coup, of which the government was aware beforehand but did not undertake adequate measures nor any preemptive action to prevent its flaccid initiation, was but a political ploy in which some elements were duped into carrying out by the presidential council, with both its military and political wings which engineered it in order to effectuate the outputs of the transitional period which will expire in two months, i.e., in November of this year. This narrative was corroborated two days ago by the statement of Mohammed al-Faki Suleiman who said “the transitional period has become threatened by the increased activities of the remnants of the dissolved party from within and without the state.”

Perhaps the most precarious aspect of what has been agreed upon between the political and military forces, who are also seeking to entrench themselves, is federalising the state and officially establishing the system and society on the secularist doctrine. Since the toppling of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has been heading towards federal fragmentation and decentralised governance which was stipulated by the agreement between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) headed by Abdulaziz al Helou. The agreement literally and constitutionally institutes a secularist federal state and calls for merging the rebel movements and “unifying” the armed forces, now that the Sovereignty Council has conspired to turn the various sections of the armed forces into militias and terrorise the masses by turning Khartoum and Darfur into military barracks swarming with armed movements which have succeeded in imposing the secularity of the state in the constitution. Consequently, the state and its system will be restructured once the political construct attributed to Islam under the leadership of Omar al-Bashir has been exhausted under the weight of insecurity and economic decline, the army and security forces have been purged of those loyal to the former regime and the resentment of the masses has been vented through guided uprisings and delusionary victories.

This alleged attempted coup will undoubtedly help the government to achieve its aims on designing and restructuring the regime such as ending “fragmentation” within the military which Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok warned of previously when he said “the military fragmentation within the military institution is very worrying” and USAID’s Samantha Power stating during her visit to Khartoum in August that “The United States agrees that Sudan’s army should have a single, unified command, and we will actively support civilian-led security reform and the formal integration of the Rapid Support Forces and former opposition armed groups.” All this was for the sake of unifying the standpoints towards the outputs that Sudan has sustained due to the American dictates imposed through the constitutional document, and through the agreement on the Declaration of Principles between the transitional period government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement – North (SPLM–N); the agreement was overseen by former US Congressperson and the executive director of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, and designed to corroborate that Sudan was a civil federal state built on a federal system of governance.

Other aims include documenting the security, political and military partnership, portraying the army as the guarantor of the aims of the “revolution”, circumventing the popular protests and driving people to despair and dissuading them of seeking change, exactly as in the countries of the “Arab Spring”, which is the most precarious predicament for the people of the region.

Therefore, this alleged coup attempt in Sudan, the drive to hold elections in Libya before the end of the year, containing the popular dynamism in Algeria through rigged presidential elections, turning a blind eye to the Syrian regime’s terrorism, the iron fist of al-Sisi in Egypt and empowering the Houthi in Yemen, indicates that America wants to entrench what has already been accomplished in reshaping the Middle East, ending the option of “Islamists” in government and dwarfing their roles, securing her new agents, protecting the secularist identity of the state, the government of normalisation and alliance under the leadership of Abdullah Hamdok and the army against any popular disgruntlement which may lead to impeding the restructuring of the regime and the relationship with "Israel”.

This is corroborated by Middle East Media Research Institute which recommended the American administration speed up its backing of the Sudanese regime to avert a popular uprising, and advised to instruct Saudi and the UAE to help the regime of Burhan and Hamdok, considering that preserving it was an American priority that necessitated halting the polarisation of Sudanese leaders by regional powers.

This leads us to reemphasise that the fate of the Ummah is dependent on her acquiring political awareness, arming herself with the Aqeedah, adhering to the rules of Allah the Almighty, being wary of His enemies and their plotting and deceiving ploys, rallying around the sincere leaderships, shunning every initiative that does not call for resuming the Islamic way of life and establishing the State with Shari'ah reigning supreme under the authority of the Ummah, and only moving to deal the Kufr systems and collaborators, and the influence of their masters who colonise the Muslims’ lands, a heavy blow.

“Victory comes only from Allah.” [al-Anfal-10]

14 Safar 1443h
21 September 2021