The new leader of Sudan's military government, Lieutenant Colonel Babikar El-Bur, today accused the old administration in Khartoum of corruption and neglect.
LV INT. Interviewer seated with Col. El-Nur and silent introduction, SOUND STARTS AT 9ft 2.7 metres 14 Secs.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: REPORTER: Colonel El-Nur, I believe you were involved in planning the coup since last February. What inspired the takeover?
COLONEL: Since it was very clear and obvious to the Free Officer Organisation that the previous regime had frustrated all the principles and fundamental principles of the movement. The Free Officer Organisation was going ahead to remove, or overthrow Nimeiry. It was very clear to all of us that he was going ahead to establish dictatorship and sort of one man's rule.
REPORTER: I see. So is it true, as it's been claimed that Sudan's new rulers are communist?
COLONEL: As I mentioned before. Our only connection with the Communist Party is within the framework of the National Democratic Front.
REPORTER: How will the coup affect the links with Egypt and Libya.
COLONEL: It will not affect us at all. There is no change in our policy.
REPORTER: What about the policy towards Israel?
COLONEL: Of course no change. We are full in support for the Palestine people.
REPORTER: It's reported that the new regime will grant home rule for the southern Sudan where the population is mainly African, non-Arab. How soon will this autonomy be granted do you think?
COLONEL: This local autonomy which we seek as a more scientific solution for the southern problem depends on the building of the democratic organisations and democratic move in the southern Sundan and the development of that region.
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Background: The new leader of Sudan's military government, Lieutenant Colonel Babikar El-Bur, today accused the old administration in Khartoum of corruption and neglect. The Colonel, who has been in London for a medical examination since July 7, was named leader following last Monday's successful coup against General Al-Nimeiry.