Sudan’s PM speaks after failed coup attempt

Sudan's interim Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, speaks during a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (not pictured) in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on September 3, 2019. - Hamdok called for the United States to drop his country from its state sponsors of terrorism list, insisting it was crucial to economic revival. The United States in late 2017 lifted economic sanctions that it had imposed on Sudan in 1997, but kept the country on its "terror" blacklist along with Iran, North Korea and Syria. (Photo by Ebrahim HAMID / AFP)

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has described a failed coup as an attempt to derail the country’s transition to civilian rule.

In a televised address, Mr Hamdok blamed loyalists of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted two years ago by the military following countrywide protests.

Mr Hamdok said several days of unrest in Port Sudan in the east of the country were also part of a plot to destabilise the country.

Sudan has a power-sharing arrangement with military and civilian representatives.

There has been tension within this Sovereign Council.

Some elements within the military are likely to be strongly opposed to a transition that will see them lose considerable power.

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