Sudan Catholic bishop says military coup was predictable

A protester waves a flag during the military coup in Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday (CNS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Reuters)

The military coup in Sudan that sidetracked the country’s path toward democratic rule was predictable and not unexpected, said the president of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference. Source: Crux.

Bishop Yunan Andali of El Obeid, Sudan, said the coup began on Monday that he believed recent events indicated it would only be a matter of time before the government takeover by the military.

“We are back to zero where we started. I am not surprised or shocked. I was prepared to be disappointed,” Bishop Andali said, citing his experience in the country and highlighting the period in which the military had ruled Sudan for more than 60 years until a popular uprising in 2019 overthrew longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan has experienced weeks of mounting tension between the military and the civilian component of the government. Disagreements flared over the timeline for transition to democracy.

Soon after military forces arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior officials in the transitional government and took them to a military camp outside Khartoum, the capital, demonstrators took to the streets to protest the takeover.

At least four people were killed and more than 80 wounded when security forces fired on protesters in Khartoum, the Sudan Doctors’ Committee reported.

Bishop Andali said he expected Christians to feel the impact of the coup more than other parts of the nation because they were often ignored and treated with disrespect in the primarily Islamic nation.


Sudan Catholic bishop says military coup was predictable (By Fredrick Nzwili, CNS

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