Su­dan’s fu­ture in ques­tion

Chang­ing regime is not an end, econ­omy is the key

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Gao Yang in Khartoum

The Omar al-bashir govern­ment that gov­erned Su­dan for 30 years was been brought to an end Thurs­day. Gao Yang, a Khartoum-based re­porter for the Global Times who ex­pe­ri­enced the coup, be­lieves that the in­ci­dent, com­ing soon af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of the long-term Al­ge­rian pres­i­dent, was a co­in­ci­dence, but one that was bound to hap­pen. Su­dan’s cur­rent sit­u­a­tion was caused by a com­bi­na­tion of eco­nomic prob­lems and a cor­rupt po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, but a change of govern­ment may not solve its prob­lems. The new ad­min­is­tra­tion and the public will have to face up to a wors­en­ing eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

On April 11, 2019, af­ter nearly five months of con­tin­u­ous protests and de­mon­stra­tions, a mil­i­tary coup took place in Su­dan. The mil­i­tary an­nounced that it had ar­rested Pres­i­dent Omar al-bashir and re­lieved him of all his du­ties.

It es­tab­lished a tran­si­tional mil­i­tary coun­cil to ex­er­cise state power dur­ing a two-year tran­si­tion pe­riod to pre­pare for elec­tions of a new civil­ian govern­ment. At this point, Bashir’s rule col­lapsed af­ter hav­ing been in power for nearly three decades.

A mil­i­tary coup in Su­dan was in the end in­evitable. It co­in­cided with the res­ig­na­tion of the for­mer Pres­i­dent Ab­de­laziz Boute­flika of Al­ge­ria on April 2 un­der pres­sure from the peo­ple and the mil­i­tary, which gave great en­cour­age­ment to the Su­danese op­po­si­tion and pro­test­ers.

As April 6 marked the 34th an­niver­sary of the over­throw of the for­mer pres­i­dent Jaa­far Nimeiri in a blood­less coup, the op­po­si­tion and pro­test­ers suc­ceeded in win­ning sup­port from lower and mid-rank­ing Su­danese of­fi­cers, re­sult­ing in a di­vi­sion of the Su­danese army on the Bashir side. This forced the Su­danese mil­i­tary to launch a coup and over­throw the Bashir regime.

What ac­tu­ally led to Bashir’s fall from power was the dis­ap­point­ment and dis­trust from the Su­danese public to­ward the govern­ment, along with an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of eco­nomic prob­lems and cor­rup­tion, lead­ing to im­mense pres­sure of peo­ple’s lives.

Weak­en­ing econ­omy

Su­dan has abun­dant wa­ter re­sources and is suit­able for agri­cul­ture, al­though much fer­tile

Photo: AFP

A demonstrator, in mil­i­tary uni­form, chants slo­gans as pro­test­ers gather in the Su­danese cap­i­tal Khartoum, on Sun­day.

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