Major Hashem Al-Atta, sacked from the Sudanese Revolutionary Command in November last year, has led a successful coup today against Colonel Jaafar El-Nimeiry who initiated his dismissal.
Major Hashem Al-Atta, sacked from the Sudanese Revolutionary Command in November last year, has led a successful coup today against Colonel Jaafar El-Nimeiry who initiated his dismissal. It is the third successful coup since Sudan gained independence from Britain in 1956. The first was in 1958 and the second in 1969 which brought President Nimeiry to power. Major Atta was one of the officers who took part in the 1969 revolution. This film is a reissue of our production 6792/71 serviced on June 9 this year when President Nimeiry addressed a rally at a Youth Festival. During a speech to the rally be called for national unity. Our production 6045/71, serviced on May 28 this year shows celebrations marking the second anniversary of the 1969 coup, and production 9411/70 serviced October 4 last year is a profile of President Nimeiry. Production 8063/71 serviced yesterday deals with the civil war in Southern Sudan which Major Atta says he will end by granting home rule.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty six months after coming to power following a successful coup against Sudan's civilian Government President Jaafar El-Nimeiry has been overthrown by one of his supporters in that coup. The President's position had been shaky for some months. He aroused resentment among his followers when he sacked three members of the ten man Revolutionary Council in November last year. It was one of these men, Major Hasem AI-Atta, who led today's coup.
Ironically, only last month, while President Nimeiry was addressing a rally at the opening of a Youth Festival he made a strong appeal for national unity. Members of his audience were carrying banners denouncing mutinies.
President Nimeiry, by sacking Major Atta and the two other communist members of the Revolutionary Council alienated the Left. The three men were against the decision taken by Sudan to join the proposed Federation with Egypt and Libya. President Nimeiry instigated the first Arab summit conference after the death of President Nasser, and possibly saw himself taking over the Egyptian leader's role as mediator between the Arab nations. Opposition in Sudan mainly centred around domestic issues. The civil war being fought in Southern Sudan....something which Major Atta said tonight would be settled by granting the south self rule....has been a rain on the economy, and President Nimeiry's opponents felt the money could be better spent.