Sudan | 31 October 2021

Sudan: Army take over control of the government

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International media outlets such as BBC News (25 October 2021) have reported: "A coup is under way in Sudan, where the military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency." There had been major disagreement between the civilian and military members of the Transitional Council for some time. World Watch Research analyst Yonas Dembele comments: "This is a sad October for the Sudanese people.‚  Under Omar al-Bashir"s dictatorial regime (which came to an end in April 2019) many had been tortured, detained and killed. It was hoped that the new transitional government would pave the way for democratic order in the country. Those hopes have now been dashed by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan"s seizure of power and his claim that political infighting was threatening the country"s stability. This is not only disappointing for pro-democracy and human rights groups, it could also jeopardize peace agreements signed between the transitional government and armed groups in the country." Yonas Dembele adds: "A state of emergency has been declared and protestors swiftly took to the streets to show their opposition to the army"s action. This latest coup could lead to plans for reforming human rights in the country being abandoned, in which case the freedom of religion of Christians could be severely restricted."


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