Sudan's Top Officers Pledge Support to Beshir

Published May 9th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sudanese armed forces chiefs have pledged full backing for President Omar al-Beshir and his actions against political rival Hassan al-Turabi, state-run Omdurman Radio reported Tuesday. 

The radio said Beshir, himself an army general and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, told the heads of the various branches of the forces on Monday that he had acted to "maintain the unity, security and stability of the country". 

Beshir, who was accompanied by Defense Minister General Abdel Rahman Siral Khatim, called upon the armed forces to show unity and stand up against "foreign plots" in order to safeguard the country's peace and security. 

The commanders pledged their "full support" for Saturday's ousting of Turabi from the ruling party leadership, their commitment to the unity of the armed forces and their readiness to stand up to threats to national unity, security and peace, the radio said. 

Complaining that Turabi continued to defy his authority, Beshir announced Saturday he had suspended him from his last political post, five months after ousting him as parliamentary speaker and declaring a state of emergency – KHARTOUM (AFP) 


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