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New Sudanese authorities to seek cooperation with Moscow, says Russian MP

Earlier, it was reported that the Military Council of Sudan led by the first Vice President, is making arrangements to assume power for a year

MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. Those who will take the reins of power in Sudan, whatever their political leanings will be, will seek to cooperate with Russia, Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house) Foreign Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky told reporters on Thursday.

"Whatever the political setup, in the near future they will certainly look to cooperate with Russia," the parliamentarian said commenting on the apparent coup in Sudan. According to the politician, Moscow will also "actively" promote relations with Sudan.

Earlier, the Sudanese Baj News website reported that the Military Council of Sudan led by First Vice President and Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf is making arrangements to assume power for a year. According to the officially unconfirmed reports emerging from the country, the Sudanese military has staged a coup d’etat ousting President Omar al-Bashir from power, and completely stripping him of his authority. That being said, Al-Bashir’s whereabouts are unknown. Reports have emerged that he has been either placed under house arrest or fled the country.

The Sudanese military has been expected to make an "important announcement" as of this morning, however it’s been delayed for now. Some sources report that the reason for that is the uncertainty hanging over Sudan on who should lead the country during this transitional period.