In April 2019, the people of Sudan removed long time dictator Omar al-Bashir. However, their revolution was quickly hijacked by a military junta that has made all attempts to avert the coming of a truly independent and democratic government. While a headway was made, albeit under international pressure, to broker transitional arrangements, Sudan’s democratic transition is threatened by a set of factors. An interesting article in Democracy Digest looks at the challenges to democratic transition in Sudan. The article states that,
For the first time in three decades, Sudan has charted a path out of military rule following the formation of a power-sharing government by the pro-democracy movement and the generals who overthrew longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, AP reports:
But the fragile transition will be tested as leaders confront a daunting array of challenges. Decades of war and corruption have left the economy in shambles, and a U.S. terror designation has hindered Sudan’s return from its longtime status as a global pariah.
The civilian and military leaders who now make up the military-led sovereign council only came together under intense international pressure after a crackdown on protests threatened to derail the transition and raised fears of civil war.
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