Sudan Coup Jeopardizes Path to Democracy, Foreign Aid – Bloomberg
A Sudanese demonstrator walks past roadblocks set up by protesters on a street in Khartoum, on Oct. 26.
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Sudan’s military has long been the country’s pre-eminent power broker, propping up dictator Omar al-Bashir for three decades before ousting him in 2019 following months of protests against runaway inflation and brutality. Now the army has toppled an uneasy coalition of civilian and military figures that ran the North African nation after the popular uprising, detaining premier Abdalla Hamdok and four of his cabinet members. The coup sparked unrest and a deadly crackdown by security forces, put hundreds of millions of dollars of international aid at risk and dashed hopes of a speedy transition to democracy.
Under a power-sharing deal signed between military and opposition leaders in August 2019, a civilian-military administration was supposed to govern for three years until elections. It was led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a lieutenant-general who had headed a military council that took charge after al-Bashir’s overthrow. Hamdok, an economist who had worked for the United Nations and African Development Bank, was appointed prime minister and oversaw the cabinet. Divisions within the unwieldy governing structure grew increasingly apparent, with ex-rebel groups and a large community in eastern Sudan joining senior military officials in accusing the government of failing to deliver on its promises to improve people’s lives and increase regional representation. Signs of unrest had been growing, with the military saying in September it had stamped out a mutiny and arrested more than 20 officers.