South Sudan’s Military Leaders Welcome Charge Against Bashir

The two military leaders overthrown by Mr. Bashir’s government in a military coup on Friday have announced that they have reinstated the deposed prime minister. “Now it is out in the open,” Col. Gen….

South Sudan’s Military Leaders Welcome Charge Against Bashir

The two military leaders overthrown by Mr. Bashir’s government in a military coup on Friday have announced that they have reinstated the deposed prime minister.

“Now it is out in the open,” Col. Gen. Salah Gosh and Mr. Mabrouk said in a joint statement released on Monday. “Dr. Nour has been reinstated as Prime Minister by order of the Chairman of the Higher Defense Council.”

Col. Gosh and Mabrouk had overthrown Mr. Nour from power on Friday, replacing him with President Omar al-Bashir, the military leaders said.

It was not immediately clear if the coup was a response to Mr. Nour’s upcoming election to the U.N. Security Council or any other perceived threats to Mr. Bashir’s grip on power.

But it marked the first major coup attempt in South Sudan since the civil war there started in 2013, when Mr. Bashir and other South Sudanese leaders — including Mr. Nour — began fighting each other. South Sudan’s warring sides reached a peace agreement in August.

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