President Nimeiry of Sudan has said that one man in particular was heavily involved in the unsuccessful coup attempt against his government.
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Mahdi: "Well, it was organised by the National Front which is a movement that involves and incorporates all shades of political opinion in the Sudan except the Communists, but all shades of political opinion are organised and represented by this national front which today seeks a government that is based on national consensus not coercion as we believe the present government is based on."
TOULMIN-ROTHE: "Do you think the government of Jaafer al Nimeiry has anything to offer Sudan?"
Mahdi: "I think the only thing it offered in the past was to show the feeling of the political parties and to have executed some of the ideas that the political parties have arrived at, with the southern brothers. But after that sort of person that is indicating the bankruptcy of the parties and also making some sort of achievement in the southern districts, it has gone completely bankrupt itself and has become a terror and a menace for the country because so far there have taken place about 20 attempts to get rid of it, six of which were bloody, involving the people and the army which means this is a regime too costly in terms of moral, economics an survival of people to be sustained."
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Background: President Nimeiry of Sudan has said that one man in particular was heavily involved in the unsuccessful coup attempt against his government. He named the man as Seyyid Saidq Al-Mahdi, who was Prime Minister of sudan in 1966-67. President Nimeiry alleged Mahdi was in a plane ready to land and take control of the country should the coup have proved successful. Mahdi has been living in exile in England since 1970. He was exiled from Sudan on charges of high treason. Mahdi is at the moment attending the 40th Anniversary conference in Canterbury, England, of the World Congress of Faiths where he has chaired a session on the Islamic faith.
SYNOPSIS: Mahdi was quoted recently as saying that the July 2 coup attack was the work of junior players and that the champions had yet to be sent onto the field. Visnews reporter Paul Toulmin-Rothe asked Mahdi while he was at the conference in Canterbury whether this was a good description of the coup.