Celebrations were held throughout the Sudan on Friday (25 May) to mark the fourth anniversary of the bloodless coup in 1969 by a group of civilians and military officers, led by the then Col.
Celebrations were held throughout the Sudan on Friday (25 May) to mark the fourth anniversary of the bloodless coup in 1969 by a group of civilians and military officers, led by the then Col. Jaafar All Nimeiry.
President Nimeiry, who is also Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, took the salute at a major profession in the capital, Khartoum. Many Government officials and foreign diplomats attended the Parade, which included decorated floats, units of the armed forces and groups of performers in traditional dress.
The 1969 coup overthrew the coalition government of Muhammad Ahmad Mahgoub, under whom the Umma and National Unionist Parties had ruled the country.
SYNOPSIS: Celebrations and parades were staged throughout the Sudan on Friday to mark the anniversary of the 1969 revolution.
Four years ago to the day, the then Colonel Jaafar all Nimeiry overthrew the Mahgoub government.
The main parade was held in the capital, Khartoum. A group of nurses led the strong contingent of women taking part in the march. The parade was watched by a large crowd, including many foreign diplomats. Among them were representatives from The People's Republic of China.
The Khartoum parade had a strong traditional flavour, with many dancers wearing their colourful regional costumes. The bloodless coup of 1969 overthrew the Umma-National Unionist Party coalition government. There was a three-day break in Major-General Nimeiry's leadership in July 1971, when a section of the army took temporary control.
A few weeks before this parade, President Nimeiry said he was fully confident of the future peace and unity of his country. Sudan is slowly returning to normal following the ending of the civil war in the south last year. Despite President Nimeiry's moves to place the government on a civilian footing, the army still remains largely in control.