The army coup in Sudan || Breaking News, 11th of April, 2019


The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his high-ranking officials were arrested by the military after a coup d’état in the country — TASS reports while referring to the Al-Hadath TV channel. The TV channel reported about the detention of the head of the presidential guard and the ex-minister of defense — Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein. The leader of the ruling »National Congress» party, Ahmed Harun, and the former vice-president of Sudan, Ali Osman Taha were arrested. Earlier, Ali Osman Taha threatened to use the «shadow battalions» against the protesters.

The Egyptian authorities notified the United States about their refusal to participate in the formation of the Middle East Strategic Alliance, known as «the Arab NATO» — TASS reports with a reference to Reuters. According to a source of Reuters — the Egyptian authorities are concerned that the existence of such union will cause tension with Iran. Another reason of the uncertainty is related to the re-election of the US President Donald Trump in 2020. Egyptian authorities fear that if another person comes to power in the USA — the existence of the Middle Eastern union will be threatened. According to Washington’s plan — the »Arab NATO» should be made of six Persian Gulf countries — Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. The coalition’s official goal is to counter the threats in the region, and also intensify the economic and energy interaction.

The PACE called Russia to form a delegation and pay a contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe — RIA NEWS reports. The related resolution calls on Russia «to appoint a delegation to the Assembly, in accordance with the obligations, and resume the mandatory payment to the budget». It was stated that non-fulfillment of this obligation may lead to the suspension of the right of Russia for the representation in both statutory bodies. The resolution has a warning that Russian withdrawal from the organization will have “consequences” for Russian citizens. The Deputy Speaker of the Russian Parliament, Pyotr Tolstoy, while commenting on this resolution, that contains threats against Russia, expressed his surprise on the fact that “the PACE hasn’t learned the simple truth: One can’t speak with Russia in the language of ultimatums”. He underlined that the adopted resolution «doesn’t have any guarantees that Russia, after the return to the PACE, will regain all the legal rights, including the right to vote. There is also no guarantee that those rights won’t be questioned once again by the hysterical minority, headed by Ukraine and the UK».

The Venezuelan authorities restored the power grid in the country, but they warned about possible planned outages — Interfax reports while referring to the ‘EFE’ agency. The Venezuelan Minister of Communications, Jorge Rodriguez, announced that the electricity will be supplied in a regulation, which involves brief outages in some parts of Venezuela starting from early April. According to Jorge Rodriguez — the problems with the power grid are associated with the failure on the main Venezuelan hydro-electric power station “Guri”. The Venezuelan authorities accuse the US and the opposition in the power outages. Earlier on Wednesday it became known that most of Venezuela, for the 5th time since the beginning of March, was without electricity. The power outages took place in 20 out of the 23 Venezuelan states.

The Libyan national army, led by the marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced that they shot down a military aircraft that took off from the Libyan city of Misrata. «We’ve just got a word that the Libyan National Army shot down a military airplane that took off from Misrata» — RIA NEWS quoted the words of the representative of the Libyan National Army, Ahmed al-Mismari. The aircraft was part of the forces, loyal to the Prime Minister Faiz Saraj and his «Government of National Consent». Earlier, the army of Khalifa Haftar stated that they captured a military base 40 kilometers away from Tripoli.

The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir resigned from his post — Reuters reported while citing their sources in the Sudanese government. Currently, the consultations are underway on the formation of a transitional council — TASS reports. A military coup took place in Sudan after many months of protests, which initially demanded to lower the bread prices. Then the protesters began to demand a change in the political regime of al-Bashir, who had been in power for the last 30 years. More than 100 people were arrested from al-Bashir’s entourage, including current and former high-ranking officials, and the newly appointed prime minister of the country. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.

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