The United States has slammed the “failed attempt by rogue military and civilian actors” to seize power from Sudan’s Civilian Led Transitional Government (CLTG), Chimp Corps report.
“The United States continues to support the CLTG in its pursuit of a democratic transition for Sudan,” said U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
Military officers loyal to former dictator Omar Al Bashir, who was ousted by the military after popular widespread countrywide protests in 2019, were arrested as they attempted to seize a building which houses the state television and the general military headquarters.
Suspected putschists were being interrogated by security services, underscoring the fragility of the transitional government.
“We urge the CLTG to hold all those involved accountable through a fair legal process,” said Price, adding, “ Anti-democratic actions such as those of September 21 in Khartoum undermine the call of the Sudanese people for freedom and justice and place international support for Sudan, including the bilateral relationship with the United States, at risk.”
Coup supporters say the transitional government has failed to resuscitate the economy and also opposed to plans to send Bashir to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for trial.
Dire economic situation
Sudan’s GDP was estimated to have shrunk by 8.4% in 2020 after shrinking by 2.5% in 2019, according to AFDB.
The COVID–19 pandemic’s effect on commodity prices, trade, travel, and financial flows contributed to subdued economic activity.
Reduced private consumption and investment as well as disruptions in value and supply chains also affected growth.
Containment measures such as lockdowns took their toll on the service sector, with 58% of GDP, and the industrial sector, with 22%. Inflation escalated to an estimated 124.9% in 2020, compared with 82.4% in 2019, mainly due to a 118% currency depreciation and monetization of the fiscal deficit.
Additionally, public revenues decreased by 35% in 2020, while the pandemic spurred a big increase in spending, worsening the fiscal deficit to 12.4% in 2020, compared with 11.3% in 2019.
Subdued economic activity increased poverty from 48.3% in 2019 to an estimated 56% in 2020.
Price, who condemned “any external interference that seeks to sow disinformation and undermine the will of Sudan’s people,” said, the U.S. along with a wide range of other international actors, is mobilizing substantial assistance to help Sudan achieve the country’s economic and security goals.
“We will advance this support as Sudan makes continued progress in its ongoing transition, including the establishment of a legislative assembly, reform of the security sector under civilian leadership, and justice and accountability for past human rights abuses,” said Price.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also condemned the attempted coup d’état in Khartoum on 21 September, saying, any effort to undermine Sudan’s political transition will jeopardize the hard-earned progress made on the political and economic fronts.
The Secretary-General called on all parties to remain committed to the transition and the realization of the aspirations of the Sudanese people for an inclusive, peaceful, stable and democratic future.