Sudan’s sovereign council chairman says army has no intention to seize power

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 23, 2019: The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan during a working breakfast attended by the president of Russia and African leaders to discuss cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and African organisations, on sidelines of the 2019 Russia-Africa Economic Forum at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. Mikhail Metzel/TASS Host Photo Agency (Photo by Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images)
The Chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is photographed on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum in Sochi, Russia in October, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail MetzelTASS via Getty Images)

Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Wednesday denied any intention for the Sudanese army to seize power, following a foiled coup attempt carried out by armed forces officers on Tuesday.

“The (Sudanese) Armed Forces were the ones who foiled the coup attempt. We are convinced with the democratic transition and we have no intention of seizing the power,” said Al-Burhan in a speech at Al-Markhiyat Military Camp, north of the capital Khartoum.

“We are working to establish a civil and democratic State to be chosen by the people through free and fair elections,” he noted.

Al-Burhan, meanwhile, lashed out at the Sudanese political forces, saying that “there is not any political force that speaks about the elections or the end of the transitional period. The political forces’ concern is to hold on chairs.”

On Tuesday, the Sudanese authorities announced foiling a coup attempt carried out by a group of armed forces officers from the remnants of the former regime.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said the foiled coup attempt was orchestrated by elements inside and outside the army.

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