Sudan After Military Coup Wants Civilian Leadership

October 26, 2021

sudan after military coup

Protesters in Sudan want a return of civilian leadership after military coup

After the military in Sudan detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Monday, the situation in the country deteriorated. Protesters have vowed to resist the military takeover.

Sudan After Military Coup

The fraught alliance between the nation’s military leadership and pro-democracy civilian groups has lasted over two years. The agreement was put in place after the ouster of Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

The so-called sovereign council was built around a power-sharing pact between the military and civilians. It was a transition after close to 30 years of Islamist military rule.

Sudan has faced a lot of tensions in the past month after a failed coup on September 21. The two sides had disagreements over the direction of the country.

Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who was leading the sovereign council, claims that a dissolution of the government was necessary because the friction was a threat to the country’s stability. Burhan’s statement did not convince many.

Moreover, some of his critics have accused him of being loyal to Bashir. Burhan has already announced that he will hold power until the 2023 elections.

The state of emergency has been declared, and technocrats are expected to help run the country in the meantime.

Pro-democracy protesters clash with security forces

Sudan After Military Coup

Protesters have the support of the international community after seven people were killed on Monday following clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and security forces.

The people taking to the streets claim that a return to the past is not an option. They are asking for the release of Hamdok.

The streets of main cities like the capital Khartoum and Omdurman were blocked. The security forces reportedly used tear gas and live rounds to split the crowds.

Interestingly, Sudan was expected to hand more power to a civilian figure in the upcoming months. The move was supposed to help the country get closer to becoming a full democracy.

The international community is on high alert after the recent developments in Sudan.

International community backs protesters, but has no clear response after military takeover

Sudan After Military Coup

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has come out strongly against the military coup d’etat and asked for the civilian leaders to be freed.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken slammed the military takeover and demanded the return of civilian leadership.

America has suspended $700 million in aid to the country after what took place. The Biden administration is worried that its influence in the region could diminish after the coup.

Sudan has strategic importance for powers like America, Russia, and China because of the Red Sea. More than 30 percent of the world’s shipping containers go through that northeastern Africa region.

According to reports, foreign policy experts were surprised by the quick return to power of the military.

However, some signs had indicated things were headed in the wrong direction. Harsh economic conditions had weakened the interim government in recent months.

Moreover, some of its reforms have made things even more difficult for the population. The problems even led a portion of the country to clamor for a return of the military to power.

It is unclear that Burhan and his allies will have concrete and immediate answers to Sudan’s pressing issues.

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